What is a Tool and Die Maker?

Tool and Die Makers work with computer controlled machinery and mechanic equipment to cut, shape and finish tools, instruments and metal parts to precision levels.

Tool and Die Makers:

  • Read blueprints, sketches, specifications, or Computer Aided Design (CAD) or Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) files for making tools and dies
  • Compute and verify dimensions, sizes, shapes, and tolerances of work pieces
  • Set up, operate, and disassemble conventional, manual, and computer-numeric controlled (CNC) machine tools
  • File, grind, and adjust parts so they fit together properly
  • Test completed tools and dies to ensure they meet specifications
  • Smooth and polish the surfaces of tools and dies

Tool and Die Maker: Program Outline


A long-term career with a good salary, job advancement opportunities and the chance to work with your hands and cutting-edge technology.

Become a tool and die maker through AJAC’s apprenticeship program. Get paid while learning on the job and attend classes only one night a week! To find out how you can become an apprentice and launch your career in aerospace or manufacturing, visit AJAC’sGet Started Section.