Do you know what a Joiner is? A Joiner will layout, machine, assemble, install and finish products that are fabricated from wood, plastics and other materials. Many of these processes will combine conventional techniques with automated (CNC/CAD/CAM) procedures.
Joiners work in these areas for example:
To become a certified journeyperson, you need to complete four years of apprenticeship training. Apprenticeship is a time-proven method of acquiring skills in the trade by combining technical in-school instruction with practical on-the-job training. Apprenticeship training is the best method for passing along trade skills from one generation to the next.
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Check the Apprenticeship Training Schedules to see available training dates.
If your goal is to become a Joinery apprentice, you have two routes to choose from:
The institute also has many support services that are at your disposal. For example:
While serving an apprenticeship you acquire skills by combining technical in-school instruction with practical on-the-job training.
The Joinery Apprenticeship program divides your technical in-school training into four distinct levels, 1 through 4. Each level builds on the knowledge gained in previous ones.
In addition to your in-school instruction, you'll need to accrue four years of on-the-job training, working under the supervision of a qualified tradesperson.
While at BCIT, you'll learn by:
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Note: Computer lab equipment and software for all our automated equipment and processes are kept leading edge to meet the industry's changing demands.
Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.
In BCIT's Joinery program you'll learn core skills for the trade, organized in a logical sequence and taught by qualified instructors who have worked in the industry. The program is designed so that comprehensive instructions are followed by a series of assignments and practical projects to give you the opportunity to hone your skills. Each level of apprenticeship training builds on the skills and knowledge you acquired in your previous training.
The scope of training in the Joinery department includes:
For more detailed information about course content:
Students that successfully complete their four levels of apprenticeship training and Red Seal exam qualify for BCIT's Diploma (Apprenticeship). Graduates also have the option of receiving this diploma at BCIT's convocation ceremonies.
As a Joiner, you could be employed in one or more of the following areas:
The scope of a Joiner's responsibilities varies with the size and type of employer. When you set out to learn the trade, you should try to master all aspects. Your abilities to lay out, machine, assemble, finish, and install a wide variety of products to a high level of quality will give you the best chance for continued employment, career advancement, and receiving the highest pay levels.
If you still have any questions about our program after reviewing our web pages, please contact any one of us. It would be our pleasure to provide additional information.
For a list of our current Program Advisory Committee (PAC) members please see below.
Dave Dunn, MA., TQ
Kyle Karlstedt, TQ
Rob Sawatzky, B.Ed., TQ
Paul Schmid, TQ
Doug Smith, B.Ed, TQ
Tool Room Attendant
The Joinery building (NE-2) is located at the north end of BCIT's Burnaby Campus, close to the intersection of Willingdon Avenue and Canada Way. The easiest access is from the Canada Way entrance at Beta Avenue. At the stoplight, turn south onto Beta and then take the next right at Smith Street. Continue on Smith. We are the fifth building down on your left hand side.
Metered visitor parking is available on the west side of the Inglis Building (NE-1), just across the street from our shop.
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