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Tool and Die Apprenticeship

About the Career

Tool and die makers are vital to the metalworking industry because they produce the tools, dies, and special grinding and holding devices used in mass production. The Tool and Die Apprenticeship program is an employer-sponsored, hands-on training program. If you like working with mechanical technology/manufacturing processes and you value and can work with exacting precision, your talents fit perfectly with a career as a journey-level tool and die maker. According to U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for tool and die makers are expected to be plentiful well into the next decade.

About this apprenticeship

2020-2021 Program Courses


The Tool and Die Apprenticeship requires 10,000 work hours - 9,424 on the job and 576 in paid-related instruction. In addition, 8 hours of unpaid-related night school is required.


To get an idea of current wages in the construction trades, visit You can get an idea of what other LTC program graduates are paid by reviewing the LTC graduate follow-up survey.


Approximate costs include tuition ($2,800) and books ($1,100).


Companies in the LTC district who currently employ carpenters include:

  • Alaark Tooling & Automation Inc.
  • Diverse Tooling Inc. 
  • HTT Inc.
  • Jagemann Stamping Co.
  • Manitowoc Tool & Manufacturing
  • Matenar Co.
  • Phoenix Tool LLC
  • Vollrath Co. Inc.

Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship, you will receive:

  1. A Certificate of Completion of paid-related Instruction from LTC
  2. A Certificate of Completion of the Apprenticeship from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
  3. A Journeyworker card from the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
  4. Eligibility to transfer 39 credits into a Journeyworker Technical Studies Associate Degree

What are the steps to apply?

Step 1:

Ensure that each of the following documents are completed and submitted to:

Apprenticeship Office
Lakeshore Technical College
1290 North Avenue
Cleveland, WI 53015-1414
Office Number: 920.693.1279
Fax Number: 920.693.3508


  1. The Apprentice Application.
  2. Proof of age (i.e., driver's license, birth certificate, passport).
  3. Request (Transcript Request form) a high school transcript or equivalent (GED/HSED) to be sent to LTC. 
  4. Complete the Carpentry Entrance Assessment with a score of 70% or better.

Step 2:

Specifics for the apprenticeship contract are worked out between you, your employer, and the ATR (Apprenticeship Training Representative).

Step 3:

Once everything is in order, a Wisconsin Apprentice Contract is issued and you will then be invited to school.

Step 4:

You and the employer work with the local Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards - Apprenticeship Training Representative (ATR) to complete an apprenticeship contract. At that time, you and the employer then appear before the committee where the contract is approved.

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