Tool and Die Machinist Apprenticeship Certificate (TOLC)

Attention This is an overview of the program. The course sequencing is meant to serve as a guideline for your semester planning. Please note that the scheduling of courses, program sequencing and curriculum are subject to change.

The program has been approved by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training and must be taken in conjunction with an approved apprenticeship training program. This program is designed to prepare the student for employment as Tool and Die Maker or Machinist. The program provides the students with the related technical knowledge necessary to supplement on-the-job training supplied by the sponsoring employer. Experience gained from the program will be in the area of drafting and design, manufacturing processes, and tooling elements. Jobs obtained from this certificate will be as a tool and die machinist or tool designer.

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • use common standards and symbols to make detail and assembly drawings according to accepted industrial practice.
  • adapt to the various special areas of drafting such as drafting of electronic schematics, piping, welding, structural, etc.
  • understand the differences between various common manufacturing materials and possess knowledge of the processes available to transform these materials into finished products.
  • work from handbooks, catalogs, and other informational sources in order to obtain the data necessary for selecting machine components.
  • design basic tools, jigs, fixtures, and punch dies.
  • use creative thinking and good judgment when considering all the factors involved in the evolution of a mechanical design.
  • understand and apply the basic principles of fluid power.
  • Gainful Employment Disclosure Information
First Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
MAT 130 Industrial Mathematics 3
MET 101 Mechanical Print Reading 3
Semester Credits 6
Second Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
MET 104 Manufacturing Processes 3
MET 111 Computer Aided Drafting 4
Semester Credits 7
Third Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
MET 115 Computer-Aided Manufacturing 3
MTD 201 Basic Mechanisms 4
Semester Credits 7
Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
MTD 206 Machine Design 4
MTD 208 Tool Design 4
Elective Apprenticeship Component * 3
Semester Credits 11
Total Credits 31

*Students who have satisfactorily completed at least 600 hours of an approved apprenticeship in a tool and die and machinist program will be awarded three credits after completing an application and providing appropriate documentation.

Tool & Die Machinist Apprenticeship (Certificate)

Approximate Cost of Program

Books: 1,800 Fees: 837 Tuition: 3,100
Books: 1,800 Fees: 1,116 Tuition: 6,200
Out of State        
Books: 1,800 Fees: 1,395 Tuition: 9,300
Schuylkill County        
Books: 1,800 Fees:1,116 Tuition: 4,650
  • On-Campus Room & Board: Not Offered
  • More cost information can be found here: Tuition & Fees

Length of Program
Intended time to complete: 24 months