Tool and Die Making

Tool and Die Making

Degree Type

60-credit Technical Diploma

Program Code


Time to Degree

2 years

Start Date

August / January

How You'll Learn

On Campus



A tool and die maker’s craft is an exacting one; the parts they make enable machines to produce various products for different industries. In this program, use state-of-the-art equipment to learn complex and conventional machining, computer numerical control machining and grinding operations. Develop skills in precision work, and make molds/dies.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2022 Start

  • Submit application by August 1, 2022
  • Complete checklist items by August 8, 2022

Spring 2023 Start

  • Submit application by January 3, 2023
  • Complete checklist items by January 9, 2023

Summer 2022 Start

  • This program cannot be started in summer.

* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Tuition Costs

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. Explore current tuition and fees.

Additional Costs

  • Any PC with at least i7, 3.2Ghz CPU, 32GB memory, Nvidia Quadro, AMD FirePro, AMD Radeon Pro graphics card Adobe
  • Acrobat DC software
  • Access to 11x17" printer
  • MTO Tool Kit: $525
  • MTO 3/4 Tool Kit: $155
  • Safety equipment (shoes/glasses): $100

How To Apply

Questions on the application process? Visit the Admissions page or contact an Admissions Advisor.

Program Details

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A tool and die maker’s job is to produce parts within specific tolerances – which requires skill, patience and accuracy. If you would be interested in working with prints, models and precision tools, and creating parts to exact specifications, this may be the field for you.

  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Moldmaker
  • Machinist
  • Tool and Die Operator
  • CNC Operator

This program is open to qualified high school applicants. Learn more >

$36,700 – $57,600 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.

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.

What Makes This Program Unique?


Known throughout the Midwest as the premier tool and die making program, graduates of this program are some of the area's most sought-after by employers.


Graduation from the Tool and Die Making program satisfies State of Wisconsin requirements for machinist (first year of program), tool and die (second year of program) and apprentice-related instruction.


Take advantage of the opportunity to participate in an award-winning SkillsUSA team.

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Earn certificates, technical diplomas and/or industry credentials along this pathway. Start with some courses for entry-level employment, and continue with additional courses for higher wages and job advancement.

Tool and Die Making Pathway

Earn credit for prior learning for the college-level knowledge and skills that you've already acquired through advanced high school classes, previous ollege coursework, self-study, military training work or volunteer experience.

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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.

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