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Tool & Die Maker

Tool & Die Maker Apprenticeship Overview

Work Description 
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, cutting tools, 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 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.


  • Five year training program
  • 10,400 hours on-the-job training
  • 576 hours paid related instruction

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  • Entry requirements vary by employer
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Physically able to perform trade
  • Applicants apply directly to participating employers

Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning.

Just the Facts

Tool & Die Maker
16 Credit Apprenticeship

Delivery Method

Estimated Tuition, Fees, & Books: $3,158

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Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Machine Tooling Technics, Technical Diploma

Manufacturing Engineering Technologist, Associate Degree


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Is an Apprenticeship Right for You?

CVTC's apprenticeship programs offer a comprehensive and practical approach to learning, allowing you to gain hands-on experience in your field while earning a wage. These programs blend classroom learning with on-the-job training, providing a well-rounded education that prepares you for immediate entry into your chosen career. Apprenticeships can last from one to four years, depending on the profession, ensuring you have the depth of knowledge and experience needed to excel.

Whether you're beginning your career journey, seeking to upgrade your skills in your current profession, or looking to transition into a new field, CVTC's apprenticeships offer a direct path to employment. By combining practical experience with theoretical learning, you're not just prepared for the job market; you're already part of it, making apprenticeships an invaluable step in your career development.


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