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Precision Manufacturing Technology - Mold, Tool & Die Making
Tool and die maker trainees learn to operate milling machines, lathes, grinders, wire electrical discharge machines, and other machine tools. They also learn to use hand tools for fitting and assembling gauges, and other mechanical and metal-forming equipment. In addition, they study metalworking processes, such as heat treating. Tool and die makers increasingly must have good computer skills to work with CAD/CAM technology, CNC machine tools, and computerized measuring machines.

Because tools and dies must meet strict specifications—precision to one ten-thousandth of an inch is common—the work of tool and die makers requires skill with precision measuring devices and a high degree of patience and attention to detail. Persons entering this occupation also should be mechanically inclined, able to work and solve problems independently, have strong mathematical skills, and be capable of doing work that requires concentration and physical effort.

Tool and die makers play a key role in building and maintaining advanced automated manufacturing equipment. The number of workers receiving training in this occupation is expected to continue to be fewer than the number of openings created each year by tool and die makers who retire or transfer to other occupations. Students that earn the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Tool & Die / Mold Making are excellent candidates for mid management positions.

Median hourly earnings of tool and die makers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, were $20.55 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $16.70 and $25.93. The lowest 10 percent had earnings of less than $13.57, while the top 10 percent earned more than $31.19. Machining Technology students are currently being placed in the median range stated above.

Admissions Requirements

Students must complete the admissions requirements listed under "Admissions Information."
Associate of Applied Science Degree - 2013LecLabContCredit
Semester 1
MCHN1302  Print Reading For Machining Trades30483
MCHN1338  Basic Machine Shop I161123
MCHN1343  Machine Shop Mathematics30483
Total Hours762089
Semester 2
MCHN1308  Basic Lathe161123
MCHN1313  Basic Milling Operations161123
MCHN1320  Precision Tools & Measurement23803
MCHN2303  Fundamentals of Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) Machine Controls161123
Total Hours52141612
Semester 3
MCHN1305  Metals & Heat Treatment23803
MCHN1358  Intermediate Lathe Operations161123
MCHN2302  Intermediate Milling Operations161123
MCHN2335  Advanced CNC Machining161123
Total Hours52141612
Semester 4
MATH1314  College Algebra30483
MCHN1335  Grinders, Outside, Internal, Surface161123
MCHN2337  Advanced Milling Operations161123
MCHN2370  Mold Making/Repair181443
Total Hours62041612
Semester 5
ENGL1301  Composition I30483
MCHN2372  Tool & Die Making & Repair181443
MCHN2447  Specialized Tools & Fixtures ° ** 261284
WLDG 1206  Fundamentals of Gas Tungsten13642
Total Hours71738412
Semester 6
  Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective † 30483
  Humanities/Fine Arts Elective † 30483
MATH1316  Plane Trigonometry30483
  Speech Elective † 30483
Total Hours12019212
Grand Totals4285203269
º This course has been designated as the capstone course
† Courses articulated with high schools
‡ Course with external learning experience
** MCHN 2480 (Co-op ‡) may be taken in place of the capstone course

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