Architectural Woodworking/Cabinet Making Technology

Use your skills to create beautiful handcrafted wooden pieces.

If you like working with your hands and appreciate artisanship and attention to detail, the architectural woodworking/cabinet making technology program at Bates may be a good fit. Students prepare for careers at cabinet shops, lumber companies, architectural milling companies and more. This program prepares students for the Passport Certification through the Woodworkers Career Alliance (WCA).

General Information

Career Advisor: Leesa Ostrander
253-680-7410 |

Location: South Campus
Hours: 7:30AM – 4:00PM

Program Length: Six Quarters

  • National Median Salary$35,790
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings9,300

This information is base on data from June 2021.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

See if you qualify for other funding through our special funding programs with the Workforce Education office.

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Associate of Applied Science
CIP: 48.0703 EPC: 877  

Students prepare for careers in cabinet making and millwork crafts, in positions such as wood pattern maker, cabinetmaker, door assembler, solid surface fabricator, cabinet and millwork installer, project manager, sander, utility worker, wood pattern maker and machine operator. Shop activities are an integral part of the program and provide training and practical applications in complex joinery, finishing, and installation. Students work with wood and high-tech laminates, perform component design and fabrication, and learn the use of tools and equipment. This is a pre-apprenticeship program for the Seattle/Tacoma Millmen and Cabinet Makers Apprenticeship Committee. This program also provides extended learning opportunities for persons previously or currently employed in these and other related occupations.


Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.


  • Brian Umpstead

    (253) 680-7437 | Email

Bates Technical College offers classes on campus, online and hybrid. For Fall Quarter 2021, vaccinations will be required. Learn more about vaccinations and our COVID-19 response on the COVID-19 resource page.