About the Program

The TallWood Design Institute is developing a modular certificate program in mass timber manufacturing to help workplace and professional learners acquire the skills needed in today’s mass timber manufacturing sector.

 

What You Will Learn

  • Understand the technical characteristics of different mass timber products and the ways they are best used
  • Use timber-specific 3D computer aided design software to produce design documents, shop drawings, renderings, material take offs, and installation drawings, etc.
  • Move design information efficiently between CAD software applications, computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software and CNC machines
  • Become familiar with different kinds of CNC and other machines used in mass timber manufacturing
  • Use CNC (computer numerical control) timber processing machines to fabricate beams, columns and panels and optimize material yield
  • Perform quality assurance tests on mass timber products for conformance with product certification standards
  • Understand how mass timber construction processes differ from traditional construction projects and know the key elements for efficiency, safety and success

 

Key Aspects of Program Design

 

  • Modules will vary in length, ranging from 20 to 50 hours of active contact or study time
  • Delivery of the program is designed to maximize access to lifelong learners who cannot spend long periods away from the workplace. It includes e-learning components that can be completed at home, and classroom sessions at regional community colleges so that travel distances are minimal
  • The program has been designed in close consultation with industry experts to ensure skills and knowledge taught are relevant and up to date
  • Some elements of the program are taught in partnership with software providers or machinery manufacturers. Different versions of the same course module, using different software or machinery, may be available in certain areas so that companies can choose the most relevant one for their own operations
  • The primary target audience for the program is the emerging mass timber industry. However, other relevant companies such as timber framers, prefab and panelized home manufacturers and others may wish to enroll in some modules. Undergraduates and graduate students with an interest in mass timber manufacturing may also participate
  • Participants can either enroll in the full program (all core courses) to obtain the formal Certificate or register individually for the modules that are of most interest

 

Program Outline

 

Module Title

Format

Core or Elective?

Prerequisites

 

Introduction to Mass Timber Products and Systems

Online

Core

None

 
 
 
 

Introduction to CAD for Mass Timber

Classroom, with additional reference materials online

Core

None

 

Level 2 CAD for Mass Timber

Core

Level 1 CAD

 

Level 3 CAD for Mass Timber

Elective

Level 2 CAD

 

Quality Assurance/QC Testing for Certified Mass Timber Products

Online theory component followed by hands-on at A.A. Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Lab

Core

Introduction to Mass Timber

 

Introduction to CNC for Mass Timber

Online

Core

None

 

CNC for Mass Timber - Level 2

Classroom, with additional reference materials online

Core

Level 1 CNC

 

CNC for Mass Timber - Level 3

Elective

Level 2 CNC

 

Building Mass Timber Structures

Online

Elective

None

 

Design-Build Capstone Course

Hands-on at A.A. Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Lab

Core

All core courses

 

 

Further Information

 

Modules in the program will be offered for the first time in 2018. Please check our website for updates at http://tallwoodinstitute.org/current-activities . If you would like to be placed on a mailing list for program information, please send an email to tdi@tdi.org or contact Juliana Ruble at 541-737-3282