Tool and Die | Western Technical College

Tool and Die

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 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


  • Five-year training program
  • 9,824 hours on-the-job training
  • 576 hours paid related instruction
  • Additional related instruction may be required

Class work training consists of mathematics, mechanical drawing, tool designing, tool programming, and blueprint reading.

Application Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Entry requirements vary by employer
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Physically able to perform trade

You may apply directly to participating employers.