What to expect from a career as a Tool and Die or Mould Maker
Tool and die programs at Ontario colleges prepare students for the rigorous demands of a career in the mould making and tool and die industry. Professionals in the field have the ability to adapt to a number of tasks, thanks to extensive training in machining, CNC machining and CNC programming, as well as time spent operating the many precise and complex tools of the trade.
If you want to take an education in mechanics or machining to one of its most advanced levels as a tool and die maker, here’s what you need to know.
Tool and Die Courses
Ontario college tool and die programs are offered as two-year diploma programs or as one-year certificate programs to build on prior training or to prepare for apprenticeship.
Courses will cover a wide range of technical knowledge, including mathematics, calculation study and blueprint reading. Skills developed will include machine operation, metal forming, CNC programming and tool and die manufacturing.
Hands-on shop work will give students a chance to use CAD and CAM technology, as well as to practice their skills. Some programs also offer a co-op term to give students real-world experience.
General Tool and Die Program Requirements
Entry-level tool and die programs require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, including a grade 12 English credit. A senior mathematics course may also be required, depending on the institution.
Graduate studies programs will require completion of a certificate program in the mechanical field.
Note: Tool and die graduates are eligible for apprenticeship in the field after registering with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.
Tool and Die Jobs and Salaries
Tool and die workers find jobs in the mining, manufacturing and automotive industries, both in shops and in research and development labs. Positions include (but are not limited to):
- Tool and Die Makers
- Mould Makers / Pattern Makers
- Industrial Mechanics / Millwrights
- CNC Machinists / Programmers
Salaries in the field are high, due to industry demand and the high level of expertise required. Average starting salaries are around $35,000, and licensed tool and die makers can expect salaries of $50,000 or more a year in positions requiring a higher experience level.
Ontario Colleges Offering Tool and Die Programs
Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of tool and die programs at Ontario colleges.