Tool and Die Making

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus, Oak Creek Campus
  • Pathway: Manufacturing, Construction & Transportation
  • Program Code: 32-439-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Tool and Die Making Diploma


Downtown Milwaukee Campus, year one only. Oak Creek Campus, year one and year two.

This is a four-semester, full-time, day program; the first two semesters are common with the one-year Machine Tool Operations program. All courses within the first year are based on the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Machining Level One Skill Standards in nine separate skill areas. During the third and fourth semesters, students learn how to build and sample basic stamping dies and plastic injection molds.

There is an ongoing need for highly skilled tool and die makers and mold makers.

You can earn the CNC Setup and Operations certificate on the way to completing this technical diploma.

Additional program details: Graduates earn a two-year technical diploma and are employable in the following career areas: mold making, stamping die making, jig and fixture building, tool-room machinist and precision machining.

Attributes that will contribute to your success include a high mechanical aptitude, spatial relationship abilities, attention to details, organizational skills, manual dexterity and mathematical skills. Credit may be given for work experience.



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Learn in-demand skills for machine tool operations. Students gain hands-on experience in Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine setup and operation.

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CNC Setup and Operations Certificate

This is an accelerated, stand-alone short-term certificate to help students get into the workforce faster in a specific part of the machining field. Workplace opportunities will depend on which machines the student will be able to run based on the training received.

Detailed Program Information

2024-25 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
MACHTL-300 Engine Lathe 1 (Turning) 3
MACHTL-301 Engine Lathe 2 ‡ (Turning) 3
MACHTL-309 Manual Vertical Milling Machining 1 ^ 3
MACHTL-310 Manual Vertical Milling Machining 2 ‡ ^ 3
MACHTL-360 Metrology ^ 1
MACHTL-367 Machine Tool Technology 1
MACHTL-384 Machine Trades Mathematics 1 ^ 1
MDRAFT-385 Machine Blueprint Reading 1 ^ 1

Workplace Communication
(or) ENG-195 Written Communication ‡
MACHTL-304 Introduction to CNC Programming ‡ ^ 1
MACHTL-320 Introduction to CNC Turning Centers ‡ 4
MACHTL-322 Introduction to CNC Vertical Machining Centers ‡ ^ 4
MACHTL-325 Surface Grinding 4
MACHTL-385 Machine Trades Mathematics 2 ‡ ^ 1
MACHTL-391 Quality Control ‡ 1
MDRAFT-386 Machine Blueprint Reading 2 ‡ ^ 1
MACHTL-386 Machine Trades Mathematics 3 ‡ 1
MTLGY-301 Basic Heat Treatment of Metals 1
TDMKG-360 Basic Die Making Technology 1
TDMKG-366 CNC Programming 2 ‡ 1
TDMKG-371 Stamping Die Making 1 ‡ 4
TDMKG-372 Stamping Die Making 2 ‡ 4
TDMKG-373 Stamping Die Making 3 ‡ 4
MACHTL-387 Machine Trades Mathematics 4 ‡ 1
TDMKG-361 Advanced Die Making Technology ‡ 1
TDMKG-362 Cavity Die Technology 1
TDMKG-367 Basic CAD/CAM ‡ 1
TDMKG-381 Moldmaking 1 ‡ 4
TDMKG-382 Moldmaking 2 ‡ 4
TDMKG-383 Moldmaking 3 ‡ 4

‡ Prerequisite required.

^ Counts toward earning the CNC Setup and Operations certificate.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

To see course descriptions, class times and locations, visit the full course catalog (link).

Already a student? You can visit Self-Service (link) and choose Student Planning to register for classes.


Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Apply advanced safety practices in the machine shop
  • Interpret advanced industrial/engineering drawings
  • Apply precision measuring methods to part inspection
  • Perform advanced machine tool equipment set-up and operation
  • Perform advanced programming, set-up and operation of CNC Machine Tools
  • Perform advanced tool, die, and mold operations

Career Outlook

There is an ongoing need for highly skilled metalworkers. Tool and die makers, tool room machinists and mold makers are in high demand. Program graduates may consider apprenticeships as the next step.

Possible Careers

Tool and Die Maker (Stamping)
Mold Maker
Model Maker
Jig and Fixture Maker



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Last updated: 03/25/2024