Tool and Die

67-credit Technical Diploma

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Producing parts within tolerance requires skill, patience and accuracy, which makes tool and die makers among the most highly skilled of all production workers. Their craft is an exacting one, as the parts they make enable machines to produce a variety of products used in a number of different industries.

In the Tool and Die program, use state-of-the-art equipment to hone the skills that journeyworker tool and die makers use in industry through instruction in complex and conventional machining, computer numerical control (CNC) machining and grinding operations. Make molds and dies, and develop skills in precision work.

  • The 67-credit Tool and Die program will prepare students for higher-level tool and die maker jobs such as machinist, tool and die operator, CNC operator, tool and die maker or apprentice.
  • Graduation from the Tool and Die program satisfies State of Wisconsin requirements for machinist (first year of program), tool and die (second year of program) and apprentice-related instruction.
  • Select credits may transfer into related programs at two- and four-year colleges and universities.
  • Review gainful employment information.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Salary Range: $42,000-$47,000
    • Average Salary: $44,458
    • Median Salary: $44,458
    • Average Hourly Wage: $16.38
    • Three-year Average Salary: $37,150

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 420-316 CNC Machining Center Operation2  
 420-320 Machine Tool Operation I4  
 420-321 Machine Tool Operation II4 *
 420-326 Machine Tool Theory I1  
 420-330 Industrial Blueprint Reading I2  
 420-386 CNC Machining Center2  
 804-304 Industrial Math I2+ 
 809-345 Basic Workplace Psychology1  
 
Total Semester Credits
18
  
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 420-323 Machine Tool Operation III4 *
 420-324 Machine Tool Operation IV4 *
 420-328 Machine Tool Theory II1 *
 420-317 CNC Turning Center Operation2  
 420-331 Indust Blueprint Rd II2 *
 420-387 CNC Turning Center2  
 804-305 Industrial Math II2+*
 
Total Semester Credits
17
  
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 420-388 Computer Assist Prog/CNC2  
 420-399 Wire EDM Fundamentals1  
 422-302 Metals Technology1  
 439-314 Mold Design1 *
 439-331 Tool and Die Moldmaking I5 *
 439-332 Tool /Die Moldmaking II5 *
 804-306 Industrial Math III2 *
 
Total Semester Credits
17
  
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 420-315 Contemporary Manufacturing1  
 439-324 Die Design1 *
 439-341 Tool/Die - Stamping I5 *
 439-342 Tool/Die - Stamping II5 *
 801-311 Communication in the Workplace2+ 
 809-321 Basic Applied Economics1  
 
Total Semester Credits
15
  
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Block Schedules for Spring 2014

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

420-320 Machine Tool Operation I 4
420-326 Machine Tool Theory I 1
420-330 Industrial Blueprint Reading I 2
420-331 Indust Blueprint Rd II 2

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

College

Program Name

Credits Awarded

UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Managementup to 69
UW-StoutBachelor of Science Career, Technical Education & Trainingvaries

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructor

Program instructor, Michael Biro

Michael Biro

Phone: 262.691.5422

Education

  • BS – Career and Technical Education, University of Wisconsin – Stout
  • MS – Career and Technical Education, University of Wisconsin – Stout

Certifications

  • Journeyman Model Maker: State of Wisconsin accredited
  • Journeyman Tool & Die Maker: State of Wisconsin accredited

Teaching Philosophy

"Learning activities integrated with progressively higher degrees of required problem solving provide the student with the most meaningful type of learning experience."

Bob Novak

Phone: 262.691.5422

Education

  • BS-Career and Technical Education, University of Wisconsin- Stout

Certifications

  • Journeyman, Tool and Die Maker

Teaching Philosophy

"Stay true to the trade by instructing the fundamentals first."