Tool and Die Maker
Tool & Die Makers are highly skilled machinists who design, make, and repair cutting tools, dies and molds using CNC machines and CAD/CAM software – from furniture to cell phones and aircraft parts.
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Step 1: Verify Eligibility
- 17 years of age
- High school diploma/GED
- Physically able
- Completion of college Math and English classes or assessment test such as:
- Compass Test
- World of Work Inventory
- ASSET Test
Step 2: Gain Employment
Acquire Skills and Get Hired
- Attend 2-day Advanced Manufacturing Prep (AMP) Training
- then continue with one of the Options listed below
- Option 1: Attend 10-week pre-apprenticeship Manufacturing Academy
- then continue with Option 2 or 3
- Option 2: Start a certification or degree program
- then continue with Option 3
- Option 3: Get hired by a Participating Employer
* Request further information on training opportunities by completing this online form
Step 3: Apply
- Once employed by a Participating Employer, ask employer to recommend you for apprenticeship
- Sign an Apprenticeship Agreement with AJAC
Step 4: Begin Apprenticeship
- 10,000 hours / 5 years on-the-job training
- Minimum of 144 hours of education each year. Typically one night per week at local community or technical college
- Start at 60% of current Journey-Level rate.
- Gain 5% pay increase after every 1,000 hours of on-the-job training (approx. 6 months) plus required schooling.
- Full 100% journeyperson’s pay after completing the program.
Estimated Starting Hourly Base Rate
$19.70 + Benefits
* Based on statewide average
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All calculations based on a 120 hours/month work schedule.
*Contact union local for updated wage information.