Timber Product Technology suits students who love working with wood and wish to develop that interest into a successful career. The programme provides education in how to make high quality furniture and joinery, and how to manage the workshops and businesses in which these products are made.
The course explores the full range of furniture and joinery manufacturing methods from machining and automated systems to traditional craft skill (including drawing, jointing techniques and restoration). The students also learn how to manage within timber production facilities, whether large factories or small workshops.
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.
Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
The range of practical skills taught in the three years, coupled with managerial skills, provide the graduate with numerous career opportunities spread across the closely related disciplines of joinery, cabinet making and wood machining. They range from shop floor or operations manager in a large timber production facility suited to managing and making within a small or medium-sized timber product workshop.
The economic recovery and the increased demand for prefabricated building components and for well-priced high quality furniture and joinery products are leading to growth in this field.