Ten-year, $350,000 commitment helps build Millwork, Carpentry and Cabinetmaker programs
Students in NAIT’s Millwork and Carpentry certificate and Cabinetmaker apprenticeship programs can now hone their skills on new woodworking equipment, thanks to a commitment by Homag Canada Inc.
Since 2008, equipment valued at over $350,000 has been lent to NAIT and will be updated and replaced every two years until 2018. The equipment includes drilling, dowel and branding machines, nesting router, and cutting software.
“Although woodworking is a centuries-old trade, today it involves the use of modern, high-tech power equipment,” says Paul Roberts, chair of NAIT’s Cabinetmaker program. “The industry-grade equipment supplied by Homag Canada Inc. allows our students to leave here with the hands-on skills required for careers in carpentry and cabinetmaking.”
“Homag Canada has enjoyed a close working relationship with NAIT’s Cabinetmaker program over many years,” affirms Andreas Grabe, Homag Canada. “We like their approach of doing more - more than just teaching software in the classrooms or manual cabinetmaking skills in the workshops. A working knowledge of CNC equipment is indispensable in today’s woodworking shops and NAIT is able to provide that.”
Graduates from NAIT’s Millwork and Carpentry program find rewarding careers in the woodworking industries, including carpentry and cabinet-making in both residential and commercial construction. While carpenters work in framing and finishing, millworkers create customized stairs, mouldings, mantles and intricate veneer work.
Watch a video about NAIT’s Millwork and Carpentry program.
NAIT is one of Canada’s leading polytechnics, with almost 80,000 registrations worldwide in key areas including science, technology and the environment, business, health care and trades. Known for real-world education and student success, NAIT also engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. NAIT enrolled its first students - 29 communication electrician apprentices - in 1962 and this year celebrates its 50th anniversary.
About Homag Gröup
The Homag Group is a global leader in the manufacture of industrial machines for the woodworking and furniture industry. It is composed of 10 individual manufacturing companies, based in Europe, South America and Asia, each with core competency to service a specific area of the furniture and/or building industry. The Homag Group maintains sales and service companies, like Homag Canada, which was founded in 1975, in many countries around the world. To learn more, visit www.homag-canada.ca.