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Timber Product Technology / Teicneolaíocht Táirge Adhmaid


What is... Timber Product Technology?

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.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

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.

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

The first year is designed to allow participants to develop or expand the practical skills used in a modern workshop. Participants will gain training in both hand skills and machining practices required to safely operate a modern workshop. Also covered are theoretical subjects relative to the timber industry.

The timber operations management related modules provide the necessary managerial and practical skills required in a modern production/workshop environment. The students will be exposed to all areas of furniture and joinery manufacture, its design and methods of completion using both traditional and modern/computerised methods while managing people as a key resource.

The furniture and joinery manufacture modules provide the learner with the knowledge and skills to be professionally competent in the design, construction, restoration, repair and finishing of furniture and joinery of modern and historical styles, with the skills necessary to start up or manage a small to medium size workshop.

The mix of practical content and management skills create a graduate with a unique skillset needed in timber production facilities.

Module Listing

Year One

  • Jointing Techniques & Furniture
  • Wood Machining
  • Applied Geometry & Drawing
  • Regulatory Environment (Health & Safety)
  • Materials
  • Academic Reporting skills
  • Communications
  • Timber Industry Maths
  • Joinery
  • CAD

Year Two

  • CNC Router & CAD /CAM
  • Regulatory Environment (Health & Safety)
  • Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Timber Industry Maths
  • Materials
  • Timber Production Management
  • Project
  • Wood Machining
  • HRM for Timber Industry
  • Estimating & Tendering
  • Bespoke Machining Techniques & Furniture
  • Wood Finishing
  • Principles of Furniture & Joinery Design
  • 3D CAD
  • Joinery

Year Three

  • Business, Finance, Marketing & Law
  • Thesis
  • Timber Operations Management
  • Timber Product Design for Manufacturing
  • Automation Technology
  • Applied Materials
  • Wood Finishing & Reproduction
  • Conservation Studies
  • Management Principles for Timber Industry
  • Joinery
  • Restoration Project

What other options do I have after completion?

Students who have reached the appropriate level in their final examinations of this Level 7 programme may progress to related Level 8 programmes. These may be in areas such as furniture design, production management or a range of business degrees in DIT or elsewhere in Higher Education.

Are there study abroad options?

Links with educational institutes and industry leaders abroad are currently being investigated.

Further Information

School of Architecture

T: 01 402 3690 (School Administrator)

T: 01 402 3692 (Joseph Little, Programme Chair)

E: (School Administrator)



What our Students say!

  • I came to this course straight from leaving cert unsure of what to expect. A few weeks in I realised working with wood was exactly what I enjoyed doing. You could compare the first year of this course to your 1st to 3rd year woodwork classes which you focused on furniture and your joints. If you like working with wood and want to produce some beautiful and unique pieces of furniture then I would highly recommend doing this course.
  • Having spent 8 years in this industry I have found that the TPT course gives a great education in all the areas of Woodwork, Machinery, Cabinetmaking and Joinery. By combining all three trades, it gives the students a much more diverse qualification on which to enter industry. Today’s industry requires graduates with multiple skills and this course produces such graduates.