Tool and Die Technologies Apprenticeship

Program Number: 50-439-4
School Year: 2015-2016
Campus*: West Bend

Work Description

Work in the machine tool trades incorporates a high degree of precision in the creation of various parts, fixtures and products utilized in the industry. Once primarily a metalworking trade, tool and die machining is now included in the plastics and wood industries. Almost all products used today have been influenced by the tool and die industry. From design specification and drawings, skilled workers in the tool and die/machine trades utilize power machining tools, hand tools, and computer-driven machines to create desired products.

Application Information

For apprenticeship application information, please contact a Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Representative at 262-335-5326.

Application Requirements

Applicants should be 18 years of age and submit an apprentice/employer application to the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards. Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent and be physically able to perform required work practices safely. Classes in algebra, geometry, trigonometry and machine shop experience are beneficial.

Years of            Trade/                           Work
Apprentice       Apprenticeship             Hours

     5                 Tool and Die Maker       10,400
     4                 CNC Machinist                 8,320
     3                 EDM Operator                  6,240
     4                 Machinist                          8,320
     4                 Tool Maker                        8,320
     5                 Mold Maker                     10,400

The apprentice training periods are listed above. Classes will be one day per week for two years. Students are required to complete a First Aid/CPR and Transition to Trainer class.

Working Conditions

Most businesses and manufacturers employing individuals in the Tool and Die Technologies areas are clean, well-lit and well-ventilated. Noise levels may be higher for some jobs. Safety glasses and steel-toed shoes are usually required.

Tools And Equipment

Individuals employed in the area of the Tool and Die Technologies provide many of their own hand tools, such as three or more sets of micrometers, vernier calipers, a pair of V blocks, protractors, scales, steel rulers, allen wrenches, open- and box-end wrenches, dial indicators, surface gauges, parallels, scribes, punches and depth gauges. Employers provide the machine tools such as milling machines and lathes.

Approximate Costs

  • $128.40 per credit (resident)
  • $192.60 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Program Outcomes

  • Practice safety regulations.
  • Interpret prints and specifications.
  • Perform trade math calculations.
  • Determine the effects of material type on machining.
  • Explain applications of the machine tool industry.
  • Operate a CAM system.
  • Operate a CAD system.

Career Opportunities

  • Programmer
  • Tool Maker
  • Machinist
  • CNC Machinist
  • EDM Machinist
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Designer
  • Die Maker
  • Mold Maker

Admission Process

  • Obtain a job in the trade or profession you would like to apprentice.   
  • Obtain an employer who is willing to sponsor you.   
  • Complete an apprentice and employer application.   
  • Applications for this trade are available from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS) at 608-266-3135.   
  • Upon completion of the applications, a contract will be issued. The technical college will then notify you when classes will begin.   
  • Must be 18 years old.   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.


Number Title Hours Credits
Term 1      
420 561 Jigs and Fixtures 18 0.5
420 572 3D CAD 54 1.5
421 555 Blueprint Reading 36 1
804 582 Mathematics 1 (or) 36 1
804 584 Mathematics 3    
Term 2      
420 565 CNC 54 1.5
420 571 Sinker/Wire EDM 54 1.5
804 583 Mathematics 2 (or) 36 1
804 585 Mathematics 4    
Term 3    
420 520 Mold Making 36 1
420 563 Machine Technology 36 1
420 580 2D CAD 36 1
804 582 Mathematics 1 (or) 36 1
804 584 Mathematics 3    
Term 4      
420 579 Introduction to Computer-Aided Manufacturing 36 1
420 586 Die Making 36 1
422 505 Metallurgy 36 1
804 583 Mathematics 2 (or) 36 1
804 585 Mathematics 4    
Total Program Hours/Credits 576 16
Required state paid instruction hours = 576
Related Electives (Unpaid Related)
455 455 *Transition to Trainer, Your Role as a Journeyworker 8 0.2
531 465 *Heartsaver First Aid/CPR 7 0.2



Exit Assessment

Comprehensive tests are the exit assessment graduation requirement for the program.

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Transfer Opportunities

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Additional Information

*Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

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