Die Makers

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Die Makers

Die Makers - Preparation

To work as a tool and die maker, you typically need to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
  • complete long-term, on-the-job training.

Education after high school

No formal education is required beyond high school.

Work experience

Working as a machinist is excellent preparation for this occupation.

On-the-job training

Many tool and die makers receive informal on-the-job training from an experienced worker. Trainees usually begin as helpers. They learn to operate a variety of machine tool and hand tools. On-the-job training lasts several years. Many people who are trained on the job began as machinists.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.