MAKE THE TOOLS USED BY MAKERS

Apprentice Tool Maker

Program Description

The Apprentice Tool Maker Career Program prepares you to be an apprentice Tool Maker.

This program was developed with input from industry partners to ensure that aerospace tool makers attain mastery of the art of creating aerospace tooling. Apprentice tool makers analyze specifications, lay out metal stock, set up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to make and repair dies, cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, and gauges.

Students considering this program should work with an Employer Partner to secure an apprenticeship prior to enrolling.

Career Program Summary

Number of Skills Courses 148
Time to complete 2.5 months*
*Completing three modules per day

Certification Opportunity

Students who complete this program have the opportunity of earning a nationally-recognized certification. Certification exams are delivered through our testing partner SpaceTEC®.

SpaceTEC is the National Science Foundation’s National Resource Center that promotes and educates candidates for technical employment. Its certification programs offer performance-based examinations that result in industry-driven nationally recognized credentials that reflect the competencies employers demand.

180 Skills / SpaceTEC Certifications are industry-recognized nationwide. These Certifications let employers know that you have attained the highest level of achievement in the subject matter.

The cost of the exams are included in the tuition for the Career Program.

Click the Body of Knowledge logo to view the full Certification Body of Knowledge.

Skills Competencies included in this Career Program















Income opportunity

According to the Manufacturing Institute (The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing 2015 and Beyond) over the next decade nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled. The skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled.

Many aerospace manufacturers are reporting that over 50 percent of their current employees are eligible to retire, making this a great time to enter the profession. The demand for tool makers is not expected to change through 2022. This is an apprenticeship program that will require additional hands-on education through your employer.

The median annual wage for apprentice tool makers is $48,890.*

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. May 2012.
O-net job code: 51-4111.00

Hiring Industries

  • Air transport
  • Aircraft and parts manufacturing
  • Guided missiles, space vehicles, and parts
  • Satellite communications
  • Search, detection, and navigation guidance
  • Space research and technology