Tool And Die Maker (Apprenticeship)

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.

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
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Applied Trade Practices And Procedures
MACH1060

Description:

This course provides the apprentice 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
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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
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Applied Trade Calculations, Charts and Tables
MATH1270

Description:

This course enables the apprentice to employ the terminology and concepts necessary for machine shop applications of basic algebra, algebraic equations, powers and roots, ratios and proportion. Additionally, 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 Imperial units.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Program outcomes

  1. Identify the accepted principles of machine shop safety.
  2. Select, use and maintain trade‑related hand and bench tools and measuring instruments and devices.
  3. Interpret and use trade‑related reference charts and tables.
  4. Read and use mechanical component and assembly prints.
  5. Apply the principles of metal cutting to workpieces and cutting tools.
  6. Calculate geometrical and operation‑related values necessary to the trade.
  7. Lay out trade‑related geometrical workpieces.
  8. Heat treat and hardness test ferrous metals, and prevent damage to heat treatable workpieces.
  9. Select machinable metals and plastics and the machining tools and abrasives appropriate to their machining characteristics.
  10. Set up and operate a horizontal band saw and a vertical band saw.
  11. Set up and operate a sensitive and radial drill presses.
  12. Set up and operate an engine lathe.
  13. Set up and operate horizontal, vertical, universal and ram and turret type milling machines.
  14. Set up and operate a horizontal surface grinder.
  15. Set up and operate cylindrical and universal cylindrical grinders.
  16. Design and fabricate jigs and fixtures.
  17. Employ design principles and fabricate press die tooling.
  18. Understand the principles of numerical control and the fundamentals of NC manual programming and their application to metal cutting machine tools.
  19. Write a simple part program for a CNC Machine.
  20. Enter and verify a problem for a CNC machining center.

Program handbook

Program handbook

Graduate opportunities

Tool and die makers work primarily in large and small companies in manufacturing industries such as automobile, aircraft, metal fabrication, electrical machinery and plastics, and in tool and die, mould making and machine shops.

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


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