Apprentice Tool Maker Program Summary

Program Description

The Apprentice Tool Maker Career Program prepares you to be an apprentice Tool Maker.

This program was developed with input from industry partners to ensure that aerospace tool makers attain mastery of the art of creating aerospace tooling. Apprentice tool makers analyze specifications, lay out metal stock, set up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to make and repair dies, cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, and gauges.

Students considering this program should work with an Employer Partner to secure an apprenticeship prior to enrolling.

Income Opportunity

Many aerospace manufacturers are reporting that over 50 percent of their current employees are eligible to retire, making this a great time to enter the profession. The demand for tool makers is not expected to change through 2022. This is an apprenticeship program that will require additional hands-on education through your employer.

Salaries for Tool Makers ranges from $31,200 to $74,230. *

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. May 2016.
O*NET job code: 51-4111.00

Hiring industries
  • Air Transport
  • Aircraft and parts manufacturing
  • Guided missiles, space vehicles, and parts
  • Satellite communications
  • Search, detection and navigation guidance
  • Space research and technology
In this Career Program, you learn:
  • Study skills
  • Aerospace manufacturing skills
  • Math skills
  • Safety skills
  • Engineering drawing skills
  • Measurement tools skills
  • Fasteners skills
  • Power tools skills
  • Cutting tools skills
  • Tool making skills
  • Communication skills
  • Career building skills

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