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In this program you’ll learn how to build and repair furniture made of solid timber and timber-based products, flat panel and veneered manufactured boards.
While exploring both traditional and modern construction methods, you’ll develop skills in using hand and power tools and both static and computer controlled machines.
You'll learn how to prepare materials and how to monitor and run equipment and machinery. You'll be expected to apply design solutions to a defined range of problems and provide direction and guidance to others.
Tasks will include developing and building freestanding furniture for areas such as the dining room and bedroom, as well as fitting out boardrooms and management offices. You may also be required to provide guidance to others with a limited degree of responsibility for their output.
This apprenticeship applies to those already working as a furniture maker in the manufacturing and installation sectors of the furniture industry.
This program is delivered through on-the-job training and assessment, as well as hands-on workshops and off-the-job training.
In this program your practical experience and training is divided between your employer and RMIT.
You have the option to study in the workplace where an RMIT trainer will visit you regularly to carry out training and assessment.
You can also choose to study one day per week at RMIT in state-of-the-art facilities at our Melbourne City campus, working on industry-standard equipment such as:
- buzzer, thicknesser and dimension saws
- numeric controller Altendorf panel saw
- computer controlled five axis machining centre
We'll provide manuals and a variety of practical exercises. Your employer will also provide some training.
Program trainers have current industry experience and up-to-date knowledge of the market including the latest trends and innovations.
Your training includes lectures, workshops, presentations and group discussions.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes written, verbal and visual presentations, reports and practical assignments.
All programs are delivered in English.
You can access online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
As a furniture maker your work activities may include:
- liaising with clients regarding the job’s requirements
- matching furnishing styles and materials
- estimating job costs
- programming and controlling Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines
- selecting timber and timber products for furniture production
- fabricating custom furniture
- selecting and installing hardware for furnishings, such as handles and hinges
- performing on-site repairs and adjustments of cabinets
Apprentices are prepared for a range of practical and technical roles involving:
- furniture production
- installation of product
- furniture reproduction and restoration
Professional recognition and accreditation
There is no professional registration for the furniture maker in Victoria, however RMIT University engages heavily with the Victoria/Tasmania branch of the Furnishing Industry Association of Australia and similar groups in the sector.