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ERIC Number: EJ769222
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1062-9351
CNC Skills Help Carpentry Students Snare High-Paying Jobs
Panella, John
Tech Directions, v66 n9 p11-13 Apr 2007
Wages of entry-level carpenters have been driven down along with those of many other non-professional occupations in recent years. If carpenters stay in the field, they typically advance slowly over the years until they reach the level of master craftsman, perhaps by the time they reach the age of 40. However, technology is having a major impact on the carpentry field. Computerized numerical control (CNC) machines now provide the ability for people with computer skills and far fewer years of carpentry experience to produce complicated parts faster and to a higher level of accuracy than the most skilled craftsmen. The Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, Canfield, Ohio, is riding this wave by providing a program that teaches students carpentry skills as wells as how to program and operate CNC machines. In this article, the author describes the development of the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center's two-year carpentry and cabinetmaking program, which focuses on two major areas: residential/commercial carpentry and cabinetmaking. On successful completion of both phases of the program, students can apply for apprenticeship positions in the building trades or directly enter the building trades field.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; High Schools; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio