Tool and Die Maker (Block and Day Release) [Apprenticeship]
Develop the skills you need to prepare for a career as a tool and die maker - 2021/2022
The modern manufacturing process is hardworking and sophisticated and as such, the modern machinist needs an up-to-date toolkit to be respected and qualified. The Tool and Die Maker (430A) apprenticeship program allows you to combine training with earning power, where you’ll mix workplace-based training under the direction of experienced workers with short stints in the classroom or in an online training environment.
As a tool and die maker, you'll read and interpret complex engineering drawings; design, build and repair dies, forms, cutting tools, gauges, jigs and fixtures; build precision dies, tools and prototypes; and use conventional and numerically controlled metal-cutting and forming machines and equipment.
If you like to work with your hands, and like to see what you’ve created at the end of a long day, this program is for you. You’ll graduate a skilled craftsperson who can modify and repair custom, prototype or special tools, dies, jigs and fixtures, with pride and confidence in your work and your toolkit.
This apprenticeship program typically takes four years to complete and consists of 7,280 hours of on-the-job training/work experience and 720 hours of in-school training by skilled, licensed journeypersons.
Your in-school training will cover:
- applied trade safety practices
- applied trade calculations, charts and tables
- engineering drawings/computer-aided design data and layout processes
- metallurgy (science of metals) of jig and fixture components
- metrology (science of measuring and checking)
Your on-the-job training will teach you how to:
- protect yourself and others
- plan and prepare for machining job
- perform work-in-process dimensional or surface verification
- perform benchwork
- perform sawing
This is an apprenticeship program. You cannot apply to this program through ontariocolleges.ca. Applicants need a sponsor/employer. Your sponsor/employer must register you with:
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
72-1200 Commissioners Road East
London, Ontario, N5Z 4R3
MLTSD is responsible for scheduling your in-school training at Fanshawe College.
Graduates of Fanshawe’s Tool and Die Maker program can pursue creative and rewarding careers supporting a variety of industries, including mining, automotive, aircraft, manufacturing, research institutions as:
- tool and die makers
- mould makers
- pattern makers
- industrial mechanics
- tool/tooling maker
- machine tool builder
- general machinist
Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario?
Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Tool and Die Maker (Block and Day Release) [Apprenticeship] program:
Translate blueprints and design models into factory patterns used to mass-produce products such as shoes, clothing, furniture or plasticware.
Tool and Die Maker
Create, repair and modify custom-made tools, dies, jigs, fixtures and gauges which require precise dimensions, using various metals, alloys and plastics.