According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, tool and die making is "the industrial art of manufacturing stamping dies, plastics moulds, and jigs and fixtures to be used in the mass production of solid objects." The Bureau of Labour describes the profession as being "one of the highest paid and most highly skilled production occupations." In order to enter the job force as a tool and die maker, there are some important steps that you must take.
"Most tool and die makers," (stated by the Bureau of Labour and Statistics on its website), "learn their trade through four or five years of education and training in formal apprenticeships or in other post-secondary programs offered at local community colleges or technical schools." Since the trade of tool and die making is so technical, it is necessary to have the proper training before entering the profession. Apprenticeship Apprenticeship can take two forms: As part of the education (formal apprenticeship program) or as on-the-job training. For on-the-job apprenticeships, the student is judged not just on the hours worked, but for demonstrated competency while working. Once, either the formal apprenticeship or on-the-job apprenticeship and education aspect is completed, then the tool and die worker can move on to the next phase of entering the profession.
License or certificate
Once the education is completed, the next step is to become certified as a journey worker. The program to receive this certification varies from state to state as well as from country to country. Some of the main qualifications require taking a series of exams. Once the worker receives his or her certification, it makes that person as more valuable possible tool and die employers, as well as gives the prospective worker more choices of employment.
Thanks to the ever-changing world of technology, the tool and die worker must always continue his or her training so as to be abreast with the new advancements in the profession. If the tool and die maker is always training and staying on top of all the necessary advancements, then he or she will have a long and steady employment. As the Bureau of Labour Statistics stated, "openings will result from workers retiring or leaving the occupation for other reasons. Employers in certain parts of the country report difficulty in attracting skilled workers and apprenticeship candidates with the necessary abilities to fill openings."