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Die Designer
2 years
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A die designer is a highly skilled craftsperson who creates dies for stamping, forming, or forging presses. Tool and die makers use equipment such as lathes, drill presses, and milling machines to produce precision metal parts (tools, dies, and moulds). They must be knowledgeable about mechanics, metallurgy, mathematics, precision measurement, and blueprints.
Tool and Die Maker

Certification Requirements
  • The Die Designer apprenticeship consists of approximately 24 months of on-the-job training.
  • Apprentices must also complete 240 hours of in-class technical training.
  • Once you have successfully completed the apprenticeship requirements, you receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship and are certified as a journeyperson in the trade.
  • A person with at least 4,000 hours of related work experience and a Certificate of Qualification as a tool and die maker is eligible to apply for a Trade Equivalency Assessment (TEA) and, if successful, becomes certified as a journeyperson in this trade.

Educational Prerequisites
Certification as a tool and die maker is a prerequisite for starting a Die Designer apprenticeship in Ontario. Note: High school graduation is recommended. Employers often require more than the minimum educational requirements set by the province. They may also prefer apprentices who have taken certain courses related to their program.

In-Class Training
Please contact your local apprenticeship office for information on the availability of technical training for this program.