What is... Timber Product Technology?
Timber Product Technology suits students who love timber and wish to develop that interest into a successful career. The programme provides knowledge and skills for those that wish to manufacture, specify or sell timber products whether based in a small workshop or large company.
A degree in Timber Product Technology can lead to a range of careers in the timber-related sectors of the furniture and construction industries. These include furniture manufacturer, joiner, operations or drawing office manager in a timber factory, timber specifier, timber consultant, and secondary school woodwork teacher.
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 begins the student’s development of necessary skills and knowledge: no previous experience with timber is required. Students will gain craft skills by using hand tools and machines to make a variety of objects, and learn how to represent those in hand and computer drawings. They will also learn about different types of timber, timber products, the timber industry and workshop safety. They will also improve their maths, communication and writing skills.
In the second year students develop their craft skills further using a wider variety of tools, machines, jigs and CNC, culminating in the production of a high quality product at the year’s end. Students learn about furniture and joinery design and finishing. They also develop their maths and CAD skills and learn to estimate costs and tender for work. Advanced Entry to Year 2 is now available for graduates of cognate QQI Level 6 programmes and apprenticeships.
In year three students develop their skills in furniture, kitchen and joinery manufacture further. Furniture restoration provides additional skills and insights. While learning more about the business and law of timber product manufacture, students also learn about quality control in factories and processes, readying them for a range of future careers.
- Applied Geometry
- Timber Toolbox
- Reg. Environment (H&S)
- Academic Reporting Skills
- Jointing Technique & Furniture
- CAD 1
- Timber Industry Mathematics
- Machining Techniques & Furniture
- Principles of Furniture & Joinery Design
- CNC Router & CAD/CAM
- Estimating, Tendering & Measurement
- Wood Finishing
- 3D CAD
- Business and Finance
- Management Principles Timber Industry
- Applied Materials, Finishes & Reproduction
- Restoration Project
- Manufacturing Management
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 are in Furniture Design, Product Design, Production Management, a range of Business Degrees or Secondary School Woodwork Teacher: most of these are available in DIT.
Are there study abroad options?
Links with educational institutes and industry leaders abroad are currently being investigated.
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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.