Diemakers are machinists with additional skills in designing and constructing metal-stamping dies. They build the dies that mass-produce parts for many industries including small appliances, computers, automobiles, and aircraft. Diemakers use both manual and computer-controlled machine tools to build intricate and close tolerance dies. Diemakers need those skills to work to close tolerances, interpret blueprints, and follow detailed instructions. Moldmakers are machinists with additional skills in the design and construction of plastic injection molds. They build the molds that mass-produce the plastic products that make our high-tech world possible. The molding process produces products ranging from pens to automobile parts to medical implants. Moldmakers use both manual and computer-controlled machine tools to build plastic injection molds that require intricate 3-dimensional shapes and close tolerances. Moldmakers must be able to visualize 3-dimensional objects from a blueprint, pay attention to details, and work to close tolerances.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities are available for these highly-skilled professionals. Tool and Die/Moldmakers work in both small and large companies. The Tool and Die/Moldmakers skills qualify him/her for good pay and jobs that encourage creativity and innovation. Opportunities exist to move into management positions or start a business.

Award Outcomes:

  • Apply precision measurement techniques.
  • Demonstrate sawing procedures.
  • Demonstrate drilling procedures.
  • Demonstrate grinding procedures.
  • Demonstrate milling procedures.
  • Demonstrate turning procedures.
  • Interpret blueprints/drawings.
  • Apply heat treating principles.
  • Machine parts with tolerance.
  • Apply math skills necessary for industry requirements.
  • Operate equipment safely.
  • Inspect machined parts for tolerance requirements.
  • Operate CNC machines efficiently.
  • Demonstrate teamwork.
  • Develop part designs within a group.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 50 Credits
General Education Requirements 9 Credits

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 7 Credits
General Education Electives 6 Credits
  • Hennepin Technical College‚Äôs 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

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