Tool and Die Maker (Apprenticeship)

Please note:

Prospective students must be registered apprentices with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD). For more information on apprenticeship training contact your local Employment Ontario apprenticeship office.

​To effectively participate in remote learning, students in this program must have reliable Internet access and meet these device requirements.

Program description

This 720-hour program consisting of three 240-hour levels is designed to provide you with theoretical knowledge of all aspects of the tool and die maker trade as well as practical training necessary to complement your on-the-job training experience. Upon completion of this program, the graduate will obtain an Ontario College Certificate titled Machine Shop Tool and Die Apprenticeship

Program details

Code: 0709
Delivery: Apprenticeship
Length: 720 hours
Start: Varies
Campus: Kitchener - Doon
Credential: Ontario College Certificate

Program contacts


Academic school

Trades & Apprenticeship

Fees & payment

  • Fees are set by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development as per the Offer of Classroom Training.
  • Books, safety equipment, tools, and parking fees are additional. For details, visit Orientation & support.
  • Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Awards & scholarships

Conestoga College's Student Financial Services administers many awards, bursaries, scholarships and academic grants. Information and application forms for numerous awards, bursaries and scholarships are administered by Student Financial Services.

Many program-specific awards are administered by individual programs. Students should speak to their faculty or program coordinators about additional awards available in their program specific areas.

Courses

Level 1

Course Details

Engineering Drawings/Layout Processes
DRWG1410

Description:

This course designed to introduce the student to the skills necessary to read shop-related blueprints. The student will then be able to transfer dimensioned information to measurements on a work-piece, identify the features of a work-piece by interpreting a two or three view mechanical drawing, sketch to scale the three principle views of a work-piece or a pictorial view, and demonstrate layout procedures.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Applied Trade Practices and Procedures
MACH1060

Description:

This course provides the student with the practical application of: safe working conditions; fitting and hand assembly using bench hand tools and metal removing hand tools; direct and indirect measuring instruments, inspection checking and indicating gauges; layout tools, instruments and accessories; the cutting process, tool geometry and cutting fluids; metal sawing machines; drilling and related machining operations on drilling machines; facing, centre drilling, parallel turning, taper turning, knurling, grooving and threading techniques on engine lathes; horizontal, vertical and angular flat milling on milling machines; pedestal grinding of single point tools and drills; and surface grinding of flat perpendicular surfaces.

  • Hours: 96
  • Credits: 7
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Trade Theory
MACH1290

Description:

This course provides the student with a theoretical background to ensure safe working practices and conditions in the areas of : fitting and hand assembly using bench hand tools and metal removing hand tools; direct and indirect measuring instruments, inspection checking and indicating gauges; layout tools, instruments and accessories; the cutting process, tool geometry and cutting fluids; metal sawing machines; drilling and related machining operations on drilling machines; facing, centre drilling, parallel turning, taper turning, knurling, grooving and threading techniques on engine lathes; horizontal, vertical and angular flat milling on milling machines; pedestal grinding of single point tools and drills; and surface grinding of flat perpendicular surfaces.

  • Hours: 60
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Applied Trade Calculations, Charts and Tables
MATH1270

Description:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to employ the terminology and concepts necessary for machine shop applications of basic algebra, algebraic equations, powers and roots, and ratios and proportion. In addition, the apprentice will be able to make the calculations necessary to compute cutting speeds, rpm and cutting times, and perform occupational calculations relating to metal machining using SI units and inch units.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Level 2

Course Details

Engineering Drawings
DRWG2080

Description:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to use engineering drawing symbols, aligned views, tolerances and thread designations. In addition, the student will be able to identify workpiece features, interpret sectional, removed, partial, enlarged, broken out and to explain working drawing elements and interpret and use tooling drawings. The student will be able to describe the features of gears, cams and bearings.

  • Hours: 30
  • Credits: 2
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Trade Theory
MACH2100

Description:

This course provides the student with a theoretical background of specialized machines and accessories for tool-making; Jig & Fixture type and classification; the cutting process, cutting tool materials, tool life and surface texture; engineering materials, their machining characteristics and the standard designation systems; technical data; drilling, reaming, boring, tapers, screw threads on engine lathes; form and combined surface cutting tools on milling machines; use a dividing head, and surface and cylindrical grinding techniques on grinding machines. In addition the student will study the principles, economic significance of NC/CNC, tape standards, coding, NC/CNC dimensioning, axis designations and the types and classifications of NC/CNC equipment.

  • Hours: 84
  • Credits: 6
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Applied Trade Practices and Procedures
MACH2110

Description:

This course provides the student with a practical application of specialized machines and accessories for tool-making; Jig & Fixture type and classification; the cutting process, cutting tool materials, tool life and surface texture; engineering materials, their machining characteristics and the standard designation systems; technical data; drilling, reaming, boring, tapers, screw threads on engine lathes; form and combined surface cutting tools on milling machines; use a dividing head; surface and cylindrical grinding techniques on grinding machines and enter programs for NC/CNC machine systems or simulators.

  • Hours: 96
  • Credits: 7
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Applied Trade Calculations
MATH2210

Description:

Successful completion of this course, will enable the student to recognize and use fundamental principles of geometric measurement to solve shop-related problems involving circles, tangents, triangles and polygons. In addition, the student will be able to construct geometric figures common to shop related problems, employ basic principles of trigonometry and make the calculations necessary to use a sine bar and sine plate.

  • Hours: 30
  • Credits: 2
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Level 3

Course Details

Complex Engineering Drawings
DRWG3060

Description:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to interpret auxiliary views and geometric tolerances and apply the system of limits and fits to press die tooling and workpieces as specified on tooling or engineering drawings.

  • Hours: 30
  • Credits: 2
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Trade Theory
MACH3080

Description:

This course provides the student with a theoretical background of the techniques of: turning profiles on an engine lathe; using the dividing head, and specialized cutting tools on a milling machine; press tool component grinding on grinding machines; layout operations on press die workpieces; metal working and press tool construction; heat treatment and the prevention of damage to heat treatable workpieces and the set up, manual and automatic control of NC/CNC machine tools or simulator.

  • Hours: 89
  • Credits: 6
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Applied Trade Practices And Procedures
MACH3090

Description:

This course provides the student with a practical application of the techniques of: turning profiles on an engine lathe; using the dividing head, and specialized cutting tools on a milling machine; press tool component grinding on grinding machines; layout operations on press die workpieces; metal working and press tool construction; heat treatment and the prevention of damage to heat treatable workpieces and the set up, manual and automatic control of NC/CNC machine tools or simulator.

  • Hours: 91
  • Credits: 6
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Applied Trade Calculations
MATH3120

Description:

Successful completion of this course will enable the student to solve machine shop problems using the law of sines, the law of cosines, and the law of cotangents. In addition, the student will be able to solve applied occupational calculation problems related to machine shop layout, setup, metal removing operation, metal machine operation and shop measuring, checking and verifying.

  • Hours: 30
  • Credits: 2
  • Pre-Requisites:
  • CoRequisites:

Program outcomes

  1. Solve routine technical problems related to shop environments using a variety of systematic approaches
  2. Interpret and produce basic graphics and other standard technical documents necessary for the routine installation, maintenance, repair, and manufacture of components
  3. Complete all work in compliance with health and safety legislation and prescribed organizational practices and procedures to ensure safety of self and others
  4. Perform basic technical measurements using appropriate tools
  5. Use shop tools and equipment for basic installation, manufacture, and repair of components to required specifications
  6. Work responsibly and effectively within a shop environment in accordance with appropriate practices and procedures
  7. Develop and implement a plan for CNC programming
  8. Perform procedures for linear and circular machining in manufacturing
  9. Perform various machining procedures, such as milling, turning and cutting according to plan
  10. Design and fabricate jibs, fixtures, and press die tooling according to required specifications

Program handbook

Program handbook

Graduate opportunities

Upon successful completion of their Level 3 in school training, these apprentices must complete the remainder of the required skills outlined in the Training Standard Log Book to qualify for their Apprenticeship Certificate. Thereafter, they are eligible to write their Certificate of Qualifications exam for this Red Seal Trade.Graduates may be able to receive credit toward further education in related post secondary diploma, advanced diploma, or degree programs

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home


#ThinkConestoga

Follow us on social media and see what life is like as a Condor.