Tool and Die Student

Tool and Die Making

66-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 66-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.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $41,076

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Program Code 32-439-1

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 420-320 Machine Tool Operation 14  
 420-321 Machine Tool Operation 24  
 420-386 CNC Machining Center2  
 420-330 Industrial Blueprint Reading I2+*
 420-316 CNC Machining Center Operation2 *
 420-126 Machine Tool Theory1 *
 804-107 College Mathematics3+*
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 420-323 Machine Tool Operation III4  
 420-324 Machine Tool Operation IV4  
 420-387 CNC Turning Center2  
 439-181 SolidWorks for Tool Design 12 *
 420-128 Fixturing for Machining1 *
 420-317 CNC Turning Center Operation2 *
 809-345 Basic Workplace Psychology1 *
Total Semester Credits
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 420-388 Computer Assist Prog/CNC2  
 420-399 Wire EDM Fundamentals1  
 439-314 Mold Design1  
 439-331 Tool and Die Moldmaking I5  
 439-332 Tool /Die Moldmaking II5  
 422-103 Metals Technology/Fabricators1 *
 804-306 Industrial Math III2  
Total Semester Credits
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
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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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

804-304 Industrial Math I 2

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

Program Specific Agreements

There are currently no program specific college credit agreements for Tool & Die Making. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

General Agreements

Program Name
Credits Awarded
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Managementup to 60
UW-StoutBachelor of Science Career, Technical Education & Trainingup to 60

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


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


  • 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."