Tool & Die Apprentice

Want a career working with tools hands-on? Put your technical skills to good use by beginning a career as a tool and die maker. As a Tool and Die Apprentice, you’ll set up and operate machine tools, analyze specifications and assemble parts to make and repair a wide range of hand tools. You’ll assist in shaping metal in stamping and forging operations as well. 

  • Earn up to $26 an hour as an established tool and die maker.
  • Over 10,100 hours of blended on-the-job and classroom training provides a solid foundation for your tool and die career.
  • Begin a rewarding career with no student debt–in fact, you’ll get paid to attend classes! 


You must be physically able to perform the job, at least 18-years-old and a high school graduate or equivalent.

Get started as a Tool & Die Apprentice

You should apply directly to employers, and entry requirements vary by employer. 

If you need assistance finding an employer who will take you on as an apprentice, please contact the local Apprenticeship Training Representative at 262-564-3210 to find an employer who has been approved to train apprentices.

Once your contract is in place Gateway’s Apprenticeship department will communicate with  you regarding registration, classes and books. 

If you need assistance getting started, Gateway’s Apprenticeship Department is happy to help.

Curriculum Sheet:
PDF icon  50-439-3 Tool & Die Apprentice Curriculum Sheet.pdf

Career Pathway Map:
PDF icon  Tool & Die Apprentice Career Pathway Map.pdf