Program Number: 50-439-4
School Year: 2017-2018
Campus: West Bend
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.
For apprenticeship application information, please contact a Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Representative at 262-335-5326.
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.
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.
- $130.35 per credit (resident)
- $195.53 per credit (out-of-state resident)
- Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
- Fees shown are 2016-2017 fees; 2017-2018 fees will be available as soon as they are approved.
- 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.
- Tool Maker
- CNC Machinist
- EDM Machinist
- Tool and Die Maker
- Die Maker
- Mold Maker
- 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.
Jigs and Fixtures
Mathematics 1 (or)
Mathematics 2 (or)
Mathematics 1 (or)
Introduction to Computer-Aided Manufacturing*
Mathematics 2 (or)
Total Program Hours/Credits
Required state paid instruction hours = 576
Related Electives (Unpaid Related)
*Transition to Trainer, Your Role as a Journeyworker
*Heartsaver First Aid/CPR
- Tool and Die Technologies Apprenticeship, 2017-2018
- Tool and Die Technologies Apprenticeship, 2016-2017
- Tool and Die Technologies Apprenticeship, 2015-2016
Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.
*Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.
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