Tool and Die Apprenticeship

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 toolrooms. 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.


  • 5 year training program
  • 10,400 hours on-the-job training
  • 576 hours paid related instruction
  • Possible additional hours of unpaid related instruction

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


You can find more information on the Department of Workforce Development of Wisconsin Web page.