TOOL AND DIE/MOLDMAKING
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 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.
- 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.
- MACH1056 Blueprint Reading I 3
- MACH1100 Introduction to Machining Technology 3
- MACH1105 Drilling and Sawing Processes 2
- MACH1110 Turning Technology I 3
- MACH1120 Turning Technology II 3
- MACH1125 Milling Technology I 3
- MACH1130 Milling Technology II 3
- MACH1135 Precision Grinding 2
- MACH1140 Introduction to CNC 3
- MACH2400 CNC Setup and Operation 3
- MACH2406 CNC Programming 3
- MACH2410 CAD/CAM 3
- MACH2420 Blueprint Reading II for Machinists 2
- MACH2450 Fundamentals of EDM 2
- MACH2455 Die/Mold Design 3
- MACH2460 Die Construction 3
- MACH2465 Mold Construction 3
- MACH2500 Introduction to Swiss-Style Machining 3
- MACH1145 Machinists Reference Materials 1
- MACH1900 Specialized Lab 1 to 4
- MACH2415 CNC Milling 3
- MACH2425 Geometry/Trigonometry for Machinists 2
- MACH2430 CNC Machining Centers 3
- MACH2435 CNC Turning Centers 3
- MACH2445 Heat Treating and Metallurgy 2
- MACH2450 Fundamentals of EDM 2
- MACH2475 Gibbs CAD/CAM Milling 3
- MACH2600 Introduction to Quality Assurance 3
- MACH2610 Inspection Processes 3
- MACH2615 Inspection Equipment and Techniques 3
- MACH2620 Quality Systems 3
- METS1000 Computers in Manufacturing 3
- ENGC1050 Additive Manufacturing 3
- ENGC1250 SolidWorks I 4
- Hennepin Technical College’s 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).
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