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Industrial

Tool and Die Technology Degree

Picture of Manufacturers LogoTool and Die Technology is a five-semester Degree program which is a continuation of the General Machinist Diploma program. The Tool and Die Technology program builds upon the previous studies with an in-depth study of high-precision industrial dies and die components, progressive dies, and plastics industry molds. A portion of the program is devoted to producing computer-aided drawings (CAD) of molds and dies, and then using computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software to generate computer numerical control (CNC) machine language. Students operate CNC machine tools to produce many of their second year projects. While taking MFG-408 Basic Die Making, students will have an opportunity to earn the  National Institute for Metalworking Skills credential for Materials, Measurement and Safety.

Entrance Advising

Due to the highly technical nature of this program and NIACC’s commitment to giving students the best possible opportunity for success, students are scheduled for advisement sessions with counselors and/or program personnel. In these sessions, the student’s career plans, previous background, transcripts, test scores, life experiences, and motivation aid in designing a positive educational experience.

Career Opportunities

    • Mold builder
    • Operate/set up complex CNC equipment
    • Tool maker
    • Die maker
    • CNC programmer
    • Quality Control Inspector
    • Gage maker
    • Instrument maker
    • CAD/CAM technician

Degree Earned

Upon successful completion of the Tool and Die Technology curriculum with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or higher, the student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree. Program graduates are prepared to work in the “tool room” of area manufacturers or to work for a specialty tool and die shop producing dies and molds for a large variety of production machines in our area.

Costs

Tuition is based on the number of credit hours and legal residence and is subject to change or modification. To see the current cost per semester hour click here.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Financial assistance is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment (work study). Students apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on Financial Aid click here.

First Year - First Term

BCA-119 Computer Orientation 1 s.h.
ENG-701 Communications I 3 s.h.
IND-190 Skills and Safety in Industry 1 s.h.
MFG-137 Machinist Math I*OR MAT-801 Applied Math A**
AND MAT-802 Applied Math B*** AND MAT-803 Applied Math C****
AND MAT-804 Applied Math D*****
2 s.h.
(1 s.h.)
(1 s.h.)
(1 s.h.)
(1 s.h.)
MFG-120 Machine Trade Print Reading I 1 s.h.
MFG-245 Machine Theory and Operations I+ 9 s.h.
17-19 s.h.
Second Term
MFG-130 Machine Trade Print Reading II++ 1 s.h.
MFG-138 Machinist Math II+++ 2 s.h.
MFG-248 Machine Theory and Operations II++++ 7 s.h.
MFG-302 CNC Fundamentals+++++ 3 s.h.
PHY-720 Career Physics# 4 s.h.
17 s.h.
Second Year - Third Term
MFG-108 Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD)## 2 s.h.
MFG-110 3-D Modeling### 2 s.h.
MFG-380 EDM Fundamentals#### 2 s.h.
MFG-424 Jig and Fixtures##### 5 s.h.
MFG-500 Statistical Process Control (SPC) 1 s.h.
12 s.h.
Fourth Term
BUS-162 Workplace Professionalism 3 s.h.
MFG-320 Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM)‡ 3 s.h.
MFG-408 Basic Die Making‡‡ 8 s.h.
WEL-335 Ag and Industry Welding 2 s.h.
16 s.h.
Fifth Term
ENG-702 Communications II‡‡‡ 3 s.h.
MFG-312 Advanced CNC‡‡‡‡ 2 s.h.
MFG-459 Injection Mold Making‡‡‡‡‡ 9 s.h.
MFG-460 Plastics Materials 1 s.h.
15 s.h.
Total Program Hours 77-79 s.h.

*Math Requirement – Students are required to complete MFG-137 and MFG-138 OR MAT-801, MAT-802, MAT-803, and MAT-804.

**Prerequisite: COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of at least 49, or ACT math score of at least 16, or MAT-063 Pre-Algebra with a grade of C or higher, or Accuplacer Arithmetic score of at least 59, or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score of at least 50, or Accuplacer College Math score of at least 21.

***Prerequisite: COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of at least 49, or ACT math score of at least 16, or MAT-063 Pre-Algebra with a grade of C or higher, or Accuplacer Arithmetic score of at least 59, or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score of at least 50, or Accuplacer College Math score of at least 21.

****Prerequisite: MAT-801 Applied Math A and MAT-802 Applied Math B with a grade of C or higher, or Accuplacer Arithmetic score of at least 59, or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score of at least 50, or Accuplacer College Math score of at least 21.

*****Prerequisite: MAT-801 Applied Math A and MAT-802 Applied Math B with a grade of C or higher.

+Corequisites: MFG-120, Machine Trade Print Reading I; and MFG-137 Machinist Math or MAT-801 Applied Math A and MAT-802 Applied Math B.

++Prerequisite/Corequisite: MFG-120, Machine Print Reading I.

+++Prerequisite: MFG-137 Machinist Math I.

++++Prerequisites: MFG-245 Machine Theory and Operations I; and MFG-137 Machinist Math I or MAT-801 Applied Math A and MAT-802 Applied Math B; Corequisites: MFG-130 Machine Trade Print Reading II; and MFG-138 Machinist Math II or MAT-803 Applied Math C and MAT-804 Applied Math D.

+++++Prerequisites: MFG-245 Machine Theory and Operations I and MFG-248 Machine Theory and Operations II with a grade of C or higher.

#Prerequisite: MAT-801 Applied Math A, MAT-802 Applied Math B, MAT-803 Applied Math C, and MAT-804 Applied Math D; or MFG-137 Machinist Math I and MFG-138 Machinist Math II.

##Prerequisite: MFG-120 Machine Trade Print Reading I, MFG-130, Machine Trade Print Reading II, or instructor permission.

###Prerequisite: MFG-108 Computer-Aided Drafting or instructor permission.

####Prerequisite/Corequisite: MFG-302 CNC Fundamentals with a grade of C or higher and MFG-423 Jig and Fixtures.

#####Prerequisite/Corequisite: MFG-302 CNC Fundamentals with a grade of C or higher and MFG-248 Machine Theory and Operations II.

‡Prerequisite/Corequisite: MFG-108, Computer-Aided Drafting; MFG-302, CNC Fundamentals; MFG-423, Jig and Fixtures; and MFG-380, EDM Fundamentals. Students must obtain a grade of C or higher in MFG-302, CNC Fundamentals.

‡‡Prerequisite/Corequisite: MFG-424 Jig and Fixtures.

‡‡‡Prerequisite: ENG-701 Communications I.

‡‡‡‡Prerequisite/Corequisite: MFG-459 Injection Mold Making.

‡‡‡‡‡Prerequisite/Corequisite: MFG-408 Basic Die Making and MFG-460 Plastic Materials.