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Tool and Die Maker Apprenticeship

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.

Working Conditions

Tool and die makers usually work in tool rooms. These areas are quieter than the production floor because there are fewer machines in use at one time. They wear protective equipment, such as safety glasses to shield against bits of flying metal and earplugs to protect against noise. They spend much of the day on their feet and may do moderately heavy lifting.

Qualifications

  • Entry requirements vary by employer
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Physically able to perform trade
  • Applicants apply directly to participating employers

Terms of Apprenticeship

  • 5-year training program
  • 10,400 hours on-the-job training
  • 576 hours paid related instruction
  • Possible additional hours of unpaid related instruction

Get Started

To become a tool and die maker apprentice you need to find an employer who will sponsor you. Each company has its own requirements for entry into the apprenticeship program. Once you have a sponsor, your employer will contact the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards who will create an apprenticeship contract between you and your employer.

Contact

For questions about tool and die maker apprenticeships or the application process, please contact:

Ben Stahlecker