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Tool and Die

Tooling & Manufacturing Association
1177 S. Dee Road
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone (847) 825-1120

Tool and Die makers are highly skilled workers who produce tools, dies, and special guiding and holding devices that are used in machines that produce a variety of products - from clothing and furniture to heavy equipment and parts for aircraft.

Basic Requirements

  • Must be at least 17 years old.
  • Must have a good work record.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Must have a 10th grade or above reading level.
  • Must have average to above math skills.
  • Must have good communication skills.

How to Apply

  • Complete the application form and return it to an AIC representative in an IDES office nearest you. When you apply to this program you will need to fill out their application.
  • Applications accepted on a daily basis BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. The AIC representative must make an appointment for you. When you apply you must bring a resume with you.


  • Must have strong mechanical aptitude and good problem solving skills.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and precisely both orally and written.
  • Must have spatial awareness abilities.
  • Must have good math skills.

Recommended Preparatory Classes

  • Algebra, geometry and trigonometry (if possible); CAD, sciences, machine shop, communications.

Work experience

  • Recommended part time/summer internship in manufacturing.

Working Conditions

  • Tool and Die makers usually work in tool rooms. They may be exposed to hazardous materials such as lubricants or cleaners. In addition, they spend much of the day on their feet and may do moderately heavy lifting.

Length of Apprenticeship

  • 8,000 straight-time hours - four (4) years to 10,000 hours - five (5) years
  • Work full-time for a company while attending night school at local community college.

Wage Information

  • Wage scales differ from company to company. Usually 50% of the minimum journeyman rate within the company.