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Tool and Die Technology


Programs in tool and die technology prepare people to make metal parts and tools using machines.

Tool and die technology programs include topics such as:


Many tool and die technology programs include paid apprenticeships. As an apprentice, students learn the skills of the trade while working with experienced workers.


Several career and technical schools as well as several community colleges and two-year schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in tool and die technology. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program of study by getting your high school diploma or GED.

For this program, schools recommend that you know how to use a computer and the Internet. Some programs require you to be a tool and die apprentice before you are admitted.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Things to Know

Many tool and die programs are offered part time, with day and evening classes.

Many schools offer combined apprenticeship-degree programs. These programs typically take five years to complete. Students are awarded journeyman status as well as an associate degree.


King-Snohomish Area

Edmonds Community College (Washington Aerospace Training & Research Center)

Renton Technical College

Statewide and Distance Learning

Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee