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Cabinet Maker

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Education
Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

Related Experience
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, electricians typically complete four years of training in order to perform the job.

Job Training
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€13k > 44 
Cabinet Maker
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€13 - 44 
Related Information:
Apprentice Rates: 13 - 16
Qualified / Experienced: 34 - 44
Data Source(s):
FAS / Citizens Information

Last Updated: November, 2011

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Specialises in making pieces of furniture like bookcases, cupboards and wardrobes.


The Work header image

The skills required are wide and varied and include working with wood, metals, plastics and other manufactured materials. Using woodworking machines and tools.  
Automation: the use of woodworking machines and CNC is an integral part of manufacturing. Computer skills and CAD/CAM software for CNC programming is an essential part of the trade. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Produce or assemble components of articles, such as store fixtures, office equipment, cabinets, or high-grade furniture.

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Verify dimensions or check the quality or fit of pieces to ensure adherence to specifications.

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Set up or operate machines, including power saws, jointers, mortisers, tenoners, molders, or shapers, to cut, mold, or shape woodstock or wood substitutes.

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Measure and mark dimensions of parts on paper or lumber stock prior to cutting, following blueprints, to ensure a tight fit and quality product.

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Reinforce joints with nails or other fasteners to prepare articles for finishing.

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Attach parts or subassemblies together to form completed units, using glue, dowels, nails, screws, or clamps.

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Establish the specifications of articles to be constructed or repaired or plan the methods or operations for shaping or assembling parts, based on blueprints, drawings, diagrams, or oral or written instructions.

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Cut timber to the right size and shape and trim parts of joints to ensure a snug fit, using hand tools, such as planes, chisels, or wood files.

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Match materials for color, grain, or texture, giving attention to knots or other features of the wood.

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Trim, sand, or scrape surfaces or joints to prepare articles for finishing.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported Work Activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People:  Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

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Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment:  Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:  Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported Knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Design:  Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Building and Construction:  Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Equipment Selection:   Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Operations Analysis:   Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You will need a good awareness of space and size, good hand skills and a sense of design. A reasonable level of mathematics is required for measuring and calculating, and for dealing with automated and hi-tech equipment. You should be creative, yet able to work from plans and drawings with minimum supervision.  
 
Patience and high levels of concentration are necessary, combined with the ability to carry out tasks accurately and precisely. It is important that you take pride in your work and make sure that each operation is properly finished.


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Organisation: SOLAS
  Address: http://fas.ie/en/Contact+Us/default.htm
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