The Tool and Die technician program at Gateway features brand new, industry-equivalent machinery and equipment to enable students to gain directly relatable skills. The Tool and Die instructors at Gateway all have several years of industry experience which helps give students focused, valuable training.
The Gateway Tool and Die Lab allows students to work with well-maintained precision machine tools including vertical milling machines, engine lathes, and surface grinders as well as specialty machinery essential to tool and die makers. The lab features a brand new heat treat oven for the treatment of tool steels, and a brand new Mitsubishi wire EDM machine to create precise parts using hardened materials.
Students completing the tool and die program at Gateway can enter the workforce with a wide variety of career choices.
Some of the career options associated with tool and die technicians include: CNC machinist, mold maker, tool designer, pattern maker, manual machinist, tool maker, shop supervisor, CNC programmer and EDM machinist.
Upon graduation of the entry level Tool & Die program, students will be ready to join the workforce with a healthy number of options. They will be qualified to become: tool and die apprentice, tool room machinist, tool grinder, CNC machinist and machining inspector.
Graduates are recommended to continue to pursue further training and/or education in the desired field of choice. This could be in the form of a state apprenticeship or training leading to several industry-recognized certifications such as MSSSC.
The tool and die technician program at Gateway is an excellent beginning to a rewarding and lucrative career.