Tool and die makers analyze specifications, lay out metal stock, set up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to make and repair dies, gauges, jigs, fixtures (devices that hold metal while it is shaped, stamped or drilled), gauges and machinist’s hand tools. Die makers construct metal forms (dies) to shape metal in stamping and forging operations.

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Terms of Apprenticeship

  • 5-year training program
  • 10,400 hours on-the-job training
  • 576 hours paid related instruction
  • Apprentice must complete the Transition-To-Trainer Course in final year of apprenticeship

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2020–21 Curriculum

First Term (72 Hours)

MATHEMATICS FOR THE MACHINE TRADE 36 Hours #50-420-711

This course provides applied mathematics instruction from a review of basic arithmetic; basic algebra; applications, based on geometry; right triangle trigonometry, oblique angle trigonometry and compound angles.

MECHANICAL HARDWARE & HAND TOOLS FOR THE MACHINE TRADES APPRENTICES 36 Hours #50-420-715

This course provides instruction for the apprentice in recognition, selection, and operation of mechanical hardware and hand tools. Apprentices are taught to use outside sources to select correct component or tool sizes, characteristics, and operating parameters. Apprentices will sharpen drills and single point cutting tools.

Second Term (72 Hours)

PRECISION MEASUREMENT FOR THE MACHINE TRADES APPRENTICES 36 Hours #50-420-713

This course is designed to acquaint the apprentice with the measurement systems and tools most frequently used in layout and machining processes. Learning outcomes relate to semi-precision through super-precision measuring tools and equipment combined with opportunities to investigate new technologies.

ENGINEERING DRAWINGS FOR THE MACHINE TRADES APPRENTICESHIPS 36 Hours #50-420-714

This course will acquaint the apprentice with the interpretation of engineering prints and other technical and manufacturing documentation. The primary focus of the course will be on that part of manufacturing most closely related to machining and tools. Background information is provided relative to the process used to create and finish the product or piece part on the prints being studied. This course was formerly module 4 in related instruction.

Third Term (72 Hours)

SAFETY FOR MACHINE TRADES APPRENTICES 9 Hours #50-420-710

Course competencies examine safe work practices for machinists, tool and die makers and related trades. Apprentices will explore industrial safety standards; personal protective equipment; machine guards and protective devices; MSDS and chemical safety; electrical hazards, and more. Course relates 5S concepts to safe work practices and trade work processes.

CUT-OFF MACHINES FOR MACHINE TRADES APPRENTICE 9 Hours #50-420-720

This course will acquaint the apprentice with the basic types of cutoff machines used in industry, cutoff machine applications, cutoff machine tooling, and cutoff machine safety.

METALLURGY & MATERIALS FOR MACHINE TRADES APPRENTICESHIP 36 Hours #50-420-721

This course provides the opportunity for the apprentice to develop the knowledge, skills, process, and understanding of hardness testing, carbons and low alloy steel, tool steels, stainless steels, cast iron, aluminum and aluminum alloys, die cast alloys, copper and copper alloys, plastics, heat treating and nondestructive testing.

MACHINE TOOL APPRENTICESHIP GREENING COMPETENCIES - SAGE PROJECT 18 Hours #50-420-732

Identify recyclable material, in both the solid and liquid form, and understand why these materials need to be recycled and how to properly recycle these materials. Demonstrate the understanding of the information found on SDS documentation and the concept behind the 5’s system. Learner will also demonstrate the ability to plan out a job in an efficient and cost effective manner.

Fourth Term (72 Hours)

TURNING MACHINES FOR MACHINE TRADES APPRENTICE 18 Hours #50-420-716

This course will acquaint the apprentice with the terminology, methods, and operations for turning machines used in the metal-working industry. Apprentices will learn to perform calculations needed to operate turning machines including speed and feed calculations. Apprentices will make calculations necessary to setup a turning machine for screw threads and taper operations.

MILLING MACHINES FOR MACHINE TRADES APPRENTICE 18 Hours #50-420-717

This course related instruction on the basic principles of vertical and horizontal milling machines for the machine tool apprentice. Instruction includes safety, basic parts and functions of the machines, work holding devices, tooling requirements, and feeds and speeds.

DRILLING MACHINES FOR MACHINE TRADES APPRENTICE 18 Hours #50-420-718

This course focuses on the terminology, construction and operations of drilling machines in the metal-working industry. Be aware that in-depth information regarding cutting tools, hardware and hand tools will be addressed in their own courses. Efforts should be made to reference information found in other courses in order to assist the apprentice in the application and assimilation of information.

GRINDING MACHINES FOR MACHINE TRADES APPRENTICE 18 Hours #50-420-719

This course focuses on the terminology, construction and operations of grinding machines in the metal-working industry. Be aware that in-depth information regarding cutting tools, hardware and hand tools will be addressed in their own courses. Efforts should be made to reference information found in other courses in order to assist the apprentice in the application and assimilation of information. This course instructs apprentices in the use of traditional grinding machines and the attachments and accessories frequently encountered in manufacturing operations that use common grinding processes.

Fifth Term (72 Hours)

BASIC CAD/CAM FOR MACHINE TRADES APPRENTICE 36 Hours #50-420-725

This course is designed to provide the apprentice with the concepts and techniques used in computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) as part of their related instruction.

JIG AND FIXTURE DESIGN FOR MACHINE TRADES APPRENTICE 18 Hours #50-420-726

This course introduces the apprentice to the concepts of jig and fixture design as part of their apprenticeship related instruction. Topics include the basic elements of tool design, jig and fixture application, and the actual design of tooling.

GEOMETRIC DESIGN AND TOLERANCING FOR MACHINE TRADES APPRENTICE 18 Hours #50-420-727

This course will acquaint the apprentice with the skills to interpret the geometric dimensions and tolerances found on engineering drawings and in other industrial documents. Instruction concentrates on interpreting symbols, identifying tolerance zones and determining ways to check parts for conformity to the specified geometric controls. Reference is made to ASME Y14.5M - 1994.

Sixth Term (72 Hours)

CNC PROGRAMMING AND PLANNING FOR MACHINE TRADE APPRENTICE 36 Hours #50-420-724

This course is a classroom introduction to CNC programming for apprentices, with a focus on CNC turning and milling centers. Apprentices will create setup sheets, develop tool lists, calculate speeds and feeds, assign tool offsets and write CNC programs.

CNC OPERATIONS FOR MACHINE TOOL TRADES APPRENTICE 36 Hours #50-420-733

Apprentices will examine CNC related operations and safety. Course competencies include classifying types of equipment, comparing CNC tooling, setup, and work holding operations. Additional CNC programming skill development is included in the course. CNC controls and communications are explored as well.

Seventh Term (72 Hours)

BASIC STAMPING DIEMAKING FOR MACHINE TRADES APPRENTICE 36 Hours #50-420-728

This course introduces the apprentice to the basics of stamping and diemaking. Topics include the basic terminology, blanking, piercing, bending and related basic operations. In addition learners will discover the basics of the theory and background knowledge related of stamping and die making. This course was designed for related instruction for tool and die, stamping die and mold makers.

MOLD MAKING FOR MACHINE TRADES APPRENTICE 36 Hours #50-420-729

This course introduces the apprentice to the basic mold making process, mold construction and components, and materials. The course provides related instruction for the tool and die, stamping die and mold makers apprenticeship programs.

Eighth Term (72 Hours)

ELECTRICAL DISCHARGE MACHINING FOR MACHINE TRADES APPRENTICE 18 Hours #50-420-723

This course is designed to give the apprentice a basic understanding of the theory and process of sinker and wire EDM in toolmaking. This course uses the EDM Technical Manual distributed by POCO Graphite, Inc., which contains the most current information available in the industry. Competencies are designed for apprentices working in tool & die technologies using EDM.

STAMPING DIE DESIGN APPLICATIONS FOR MACHINE TRADES APPRENTICE 36 Hours #50-420-730

This course provides the stamping die maker apprentice with the opportunity to design from part specifications two elementary stamping dies. This course provides related instruction for the tool and die, stamping die and mold makers apprenticeship.

APPLIED COMMUNICATIONS FOR APPRENTICE 18 Hours #50-801-500

Introduces the apprentice to basic communication concepts relating to the workplace. It is designed specifically for the apprentice to acquire the necessary skills of giving instructions, writing a technical memo, and explaining a technical process. Throughout the course the apprentice will brainstorm, write, edit, revise and use one-on-one communications delivery in a small group. The course combines lecture and hands-on activities utilizing information which the apprentice brings from the workplace.

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You must be employed by a company/organization that is willing to participate in an apprenticeship program. Each employer has their own requirements
for entry into the apprenticeship program. Contact your employer’s human resources department to see what is available.

Questions?

If you have questions about this apprenticeship or the application process, please contact Katie Metko.

Katie Metko

Apprenticeship Manager