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Tool & Die/Precision Machinist Apprenticeship

Leading the Way to Precision Manufacturing

The tool and die maker/precision machinist apprentice makes the devices used by machinists for mass-produced parts. Tool and die makers are among the most skilled of all machinery workers. Apprentices learn to make the gauges and measuring devices in manufacturing precision metal parts. They are also taught to construct metal forms used to shape metal stamping and forging operations.

Course Information

Year One

Number Title
  APT-190 Mathematics for Machine Technology I
  APT-194 Blueprint Interpretation

Year Two

Number Title
  APT-289 Metal Cutting Applications
  MET-106 Metrology
  MET-105 Materials and Processes

Year Three

Number Title
  MET-111 CNC Machine Setup/Operations/Programmin
  MET-226 CNC/CAM Operations I

Year Four

Number Title
  MET-108 Computer Drafting Using AutoCAD
  WLD-100 Introduction to Welding
  MET-133 Graphics/SolidWorks CAD I

Admission Requirements

How to Apply

If you are working for a company that currently participates in the apprenticeship program, talk to your supervisor or an HR staff person. They will be able to outline the process used by your company in selecting individuals for their program.

If working for a company that does not have an apprenticeship program, express your interest in pursuing an apprenticeship to your supervisor. The company has to agree to sponsor you in the four-year program. For more information, you and/or your supervisor can contact the Apprentice Administrator.

If you are looking to pursue a career in manufacturing through the apprenticeship program, there are a couple ways to get started.
  • One is to contact any of our member and sponsoring companies to see if they are currently hiring apprentices. The member companies are listed at the membership tab on the RRVTMA website and a list of sponsoring companies can be obtained from the Apprentice Administrator.
  • A second possibility is to take the NTMA Aptitude Test that the RRVTMA offers a couple times each year. With permission, your test scores and contact information will be provided to our member and sponsoring companies.

Apprenticeship Organizations

Tool and Die/Precision Machinist
Rock River Valley Tooling and Machining Association
P.O. Box 5029
Rockford, IL 61125
(815) 985-8582
Fax: (815) 425-6821
Attn: Dutch Hinck

For further information contact:
Nakeya Womack, Apprenticeship & Training Representative
U.S. Department of Labor
Office of Apprenticeship
230 South Dearborn Street, Room 656
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 375-8145

Rock Valley College
Dean of Career Technical Education
Attn: Vicki Brust
3301 N. Mulford Road
Rockford, IL 61109
(815) 921-3174

What can I do with this degree?

Potential Careers & Wages

Program Pathways

Students should meet with a Career Advisor to develop a clear academic pathway leading to a seamless transfer experience. For additional possibilities that may require an advanced degree or certification, make an appointment with a Career Advisor.

Additional Information

Gainful Employment Program Requirements

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