AWI Boot Camp Winter 2025

AWI Bootcamp is a project-based curriculum provides hands-on exposure to many facets of wood processing knowledge, machinery and applications.

Date: January 13-17, 2025

Location: Pittsburg State University @ 909 East Ford Avenue Pittsburg, KS 66762

Registration Cost:

  • $3,300 = non-AWI member
  • $2,850 = AWI national member

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: December 20, 2024

NOTE: Registration is limited to 16 participants!

The Boot Camp Session is a comprehensive wood processing overview. A project based curriculum provides a hands-on exposure level learning to many facets of wood processing knowledge, machinery and application for wood industry professionals of all experiences.

This session is intended to provide intense exposure-level knowledge for your new hires to introduce them to all aspects of the wood manufacturing process. This course will expedite their growth. It is also geared toward supply-side companies in the wood industry who wish to further educate their workforce. Designed for Sales Professionals, Sales Managers, Product Managers, and Executives, this week-long course will broaden the understanding of secondary wood manufacturing companies.

Topics covered:

  • Wood science/Primary Processing
  • Fundamentals of Wood
  • Tool Technology
  • Millwork and Casework
  • AutoCAD
  • Overlay and Laminates
  • CAM
  • CNC
  • Cabinetry
  • Finishing
  • Facility Maintenance and Management


Monday 1/13: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday – Thursday 1/14-16: 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Friday 1/17: 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon


  1. Where are we staying/do I need to book my hotel room? Bootcamp pricing is inclusive of your hotel room for Sunday through Thursday night. AWI will book attendee hotel rooms.
  2. Will meals/dinners be provided? ALL breakfast and lunches are included in Bootcamp pricing. Dinners are enjoyed as a group and purchased on your own. NOTE: Monday evening meal requires CASH payment (bring min $20 cash).
  3. How do I get from the airport to hotel? Rideshare or car rental to get from airport to hotel when you arrive. A car rental is not needed during the week as transportation is provided to and from camp daily.
  4. What supplies or tools do I need to bring? None required! Just bring your best attitude ready to learn and build! Provided for you: textbook/binder, all tools you will need, PPE (safety glasses and hearing protection)
  5. Appropriate Attire Comfortable shop friendly that can get sawdust on them (jeans), closed-toed shoes, no long-sleeved shirts.

Additional information will be provided upon registration.

Questions? Contact Education Coordinator Sue Sicilian