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Career Area: Manufacturing
Apprenticeship
Program Number: 50-439-0
Credit Program
trades and technology ntc TNT 14 65

Tool and Die Apprentice Careers

$64735

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.

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.

Details and Requirements

  • 5-year training program
  • 10,400 hours of on-the-job training
  • 576 hours of paid related instruction
  • Possible additional hours of unpaid related instruction
  • Classwork training usually consists of mathematics, mechanical drawing, tool designing, tool programming and blueprint reading

Apprenticeship Information

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Meet required norms on aptitude test (if required)
  • Physically able to perform trade
  • Valid driver's license or reliable transportation
  • Applicants apply directly to participating employers