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.

This program features exploratory courses that count toward a credential. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

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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Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technician

MATC’s equipment includes industrial-based CNC machining centers and turning centers, and computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) workstations. Students gain hands-on experience in all phases of programming and operations.

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Advanced Metal Fabrication

Develop higher-level skills involving the intricate preparation of a part for cutting, fabrication and welding, and producing parts using new techniques and a variety of materials. You will gain advanced skills in operating computer-controlled press brakes and shears, punch, and plasma/laser arc cutting machines.

Detailed Program Information

2020-21 Curriculum

Semester Course Course Name Credits
(1) MACHTL-300 Engine Lathe 1 3
(1) MACHTL-301 Engine Lathe 2 ‡ 3
(1) MACHTL-309 Manual Vertical Milling Machining 1 3
(1) MACHTL-310 Manual Vertical Milling Machining 2 ‡ 3
(1) MACHTL-360 Metrology 1
(1) MACHTL-367 Machine Tool Technology 1
(1) MACHTL-384 Machine Trades Mathematics 1 1
(1) MDRAFT-385 Machine Blueprint Reading 1 1
(2) ENG-340 Workplace Communication 2
(2) MACHTL-304 Introduction to CNC Programming ‡ 1
(2) MACHTL-320 Introduction to CNC Turning Centers ‡ 4
(2) MACHTL-322 Introduction to CNC Vertical Machining Centers ‡ 4
(2) MACHTL-325 Surface Grinding ‡ 4
(2) MACHTL-385 Machine Trades Mathematics 2 ‡ 1
(2) MACHTL-391 Quality Control ‡ 1
(2) MDRAFT-386 Machine Blueprint Reading 2 ‡ 1
(3) MACHTL-386 Machine Trades Mathematics 3 ‡ 1
(3) MTLGY-301 Basic Heat Treatment of Metals 1
(3) TDMKG-360 Basic Die Making Technology 1
(3) TDMKG-366 CNC Programming 2 ‡ 1
(3) TDMKG-371 Stamping Die Making 1 ‡ 4
(3) TDMKG-372 Stamping Die Making 2 ‡ 4
(3) TDMKG-373 Stamping Die Making 3 ‡ 4
(4) MACHTL-387 Machine Trades Mathematics 4 ‡ 1
(4) TDMKG-361 Advanced Die Making Technology ‡ 1
(4) TDMKG-362 Cavity Die Technology 1
(4) TDMKG-367 Basic CAD/CAM ‡ 1
(4) TDMKG-381 Moldmaking 1 ‡ 4
(4) TDMKG-382 Moldmaking 2 ‡ 4
(4) TDMKG-383 Moldmaking 3 ‡ 4

( ) Semester order for full-time students.
‡ Prerequisite required.

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, locations or to register online:
Students already enrolled in an MATC program can visit Self Service Student Planning.
All others can access this information through INFOnline.

2020-2021 Program Card

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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 basic safety practices in the machine shop
  • Interpret industrial/engineering drawings
  • Apply precision measuring methods to part inspection
  • Perform basic machine tool equipment set-up and operation
  • Perform 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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Manufacturing, Construction & Transportation Academic & Career Pathway

Downtown Milwaukee Campus, T Building, Room T200
Mequon Campus, Room A108-110
Oak Creek Campus, Room A121
West Allis Campus, Room 103

Last updated: 08/28/2020