Tool and Die Maker
Program Code 50-439-3
Tool and die makers create precision tools or dies that are used to form, cut and shape metal and other materials. They make jigs and fixtures, which hold metal while it is bored, stamped or drilled, along with gauges and other devices. Receive high-quality, hands-on classroom instruction that complements on-the-job apprenticeship training critical for success in the industrial trades.
How Long It Will Take
Apprenticeship students can complete this program in five years.
You can begin this program in the fall semester.
How This Program Is Offered
WCTC provides related apprenticeship instruction. On-campus class times may vary.
What Makes This Program Unique
- Hone your craftsmanship skills in WCTC’s state-of-the-art Terry Lutz Integrated Manufacturing Center.
- Gain valuable hands-on experience that complements your work responsibilities.
- Once you complete your apprenticeship, you will be on your way to a successful long-term career with competitive wages, and little or no educational debt.
For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.
You may have the opportunity to obtain credit for the college-level skills and knowledge you've already acquired. Learn more about credit for prior learning.
How To Start
- Obtain employment for apprenticeship training; this is the responsibility of the individual seeking an apprenticeship.
- While WCTC provides related apprenticeship instruction, the student does not need to apply to the college.
- The State of Wisconsin oversees the apprenticeship system and will contact WCTC to set a class schedule.
- The class schedule will be sent to the student from WCTC.
Financial Aid Eligibility
This apprenticeship does not qualify for financial aid. To qualify for most federal financial aid, a student must be enrolled in a technical diploma or associate degree program.
Questions? Contact your program advisor.
The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive.
Learn more about tuition and fees.
$36,000 – $52,000 annually
Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.
Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.
A tool and die maker’s job is to produce parts within specific tolerances – which requires skill, patience and accuracy. These parts are then used in a number of industries. If you enjoy working with prints, models and precision tools, and you like to create parts to exact specifications, this may be the field for you.
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Whether you're a high school student interested in earning college credits or a college student interested in transferring to a four-year university after graduation, our dual-enrollment and transfer-credit agreements will help you take the next step in your education and career.
High School Dual Credits
Dual enrollment offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields through earning college credits. Learn about the credit options.
Transfer Opportunities After WCTC
WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.
- Contact the school to which you'd like to transfer to make sure you understand its transfer policy.
- Talk to your WCTC program advisor about your intent to transfer so he/she can help you plan.
- If you're transferring within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, contact your desired institution about its transfer policy and visit the UW System's transfer resource page.