Tool and Die Apprenticeship

About the Career
Tool and die makers are vital to the metalworking industry because they produce the tools, dies, and special grinding and holding devices used in mass production. The Tool and Die Apprenticeship program is an employer sponsored, hands-on training program. If you like working with mechanical technology/ manufacturing processes and you value and can work with exacting precision, your talents fit perfectly with a career as a journey-level tool and die maker. According to U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for tool and die makers are expected to be plentiful well into the next decade.

About this apprenticeship

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2015-2016 Program Courses

The Tool and Die Apprenticeship requires 10,000 work hours- 9,424 on the job and 576 in paid related instruction. In addition, 8 hours of unpaid related night school is required.

You can get an idea of what other LTC program graduates are paid by reviewing the LTC graduate follow up survey.

Approximate costs include tuition ($2,100) and books ($1,950).

Companies in the Manitowoc/Sheboygan area that have employed tool and die makers in the past include:

  • Alaark Tooling & Automation Inc.
  • American Orthodontics Corp.
  • Brillion Iron Works Inc.
  • Jagemann Stamping Co.
  • Manitowoc Tool and Manufacturing
  • The Vollrath Company LLC

Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship, you will receive:

  1. A Certificate of Completion of Paid Related Instruction from LTC
  2. A Certificate of Completion of the Apprenticeship from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
  3. A Journey-Worker card from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
  4. Eligibility to transfer 39 credits into a Journey-Worker Technical Studies Associate Degree.

What are the steps to apply?

Step 1:
You must have a sponsoring employer before receiving an apprentice contract and being invited to school. Discuss with your employer your desire to enter the apprenticeship for this trade. Your employer should contact the local Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards- Apprenticeship Training Representative (ATR) and discuss next steps and procedures. The ATR for our area is:

Ms. Sandra Destree- Apprenticeship Training Representative
Lakeshore Technical College
1290 North Avenue
Cleveland, WI 53015-1414

Work: 920.693.1102
Cell: 920.901.1764


Step 2:
Specifics for the apprenticeship contract are worked out between you, your employer and the ATR (Apprenticeship Training Representative).

Step 3:
Once everything is in order, a Wisconsin Apprentice Contract is issued and you will than be invited to school.

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