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Tool & Die Maintenance Technician

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With the resurgence of manufacturing in the Chattanooga region, the demand for skilled technicians is increasing. The Tool and Die Maintenance Technician program is dedicated to meeting the needs of manufacturers in need of tool and die maintenance technicians to repair tools and dies, maintain and operate press machines, create basic die sets, and operate machines that are used in making die sets. The graduate from this multi-craft program will have excellent employment opportunities with salaries in the range of $23-28/hour.

Classes will be taught on the Chattanooga State main campus. This program is three semesters in length (1290 clock hours) and it is designed for completers of either a machine tool or industrial maintenance Tennessee Technology Center (TTC) program. Persons with five years of experience in machining or plant maintenance operations may substitute this experience for the program completion requirement for acceptance into the program. Upon successful completion of the tool and die program, graduates will receive a TTC Technical Diploma from Chattanooga State.

Employment Stats

  • Program Length (Diploma)

About Program

With the resurgence of manufacturing in the Chattanooga region, manufacturers are in need of tool and die maintenance technicians to repair tools and dies, maintain press machines, create basic die sets, operate presses, and operate machines that are used in making die sets. The three-semester Tool and Die program addresses the needs of local industry. The potential student will be a graduate from a TCAT Machine Tool or Industrial Maintenance program, or have five years of documented work experience in machining or maintenance. The first semester will be either machining for those with a maintenance diploma/background, or maintenance for those with a machining diploma/background. Semesters two and three will be the same for all students.  

Note:  To enroll in the Tool and Die program, prospective students must have completed a Machine Tool program or an Industrial Maintenance program or have five-years of verifiable work experience in a Machine Shop and pass a competency test.  Students will need to contact the instructors to schedule an interview for acceptance into the class. 

Job Expectations

Tool and Die Maintenance Technicians will find opportunities available in several job settings such as a machinist in manufacturing plant, in a job-shop or in a maintenance machining position. 

Expected Earnings

A Tool and Die Maintenance Technician with little to no experience will make $15-$18 per hour.  After three years, the hourly wage increases to $18-$20 and, when one reaches the journeyman’s level, the rate could be $22 or higher.  

Course Schedule

Students may enroll during the fall, spring or summer term provided space is available. Students who are eligible to enroll will be given an opportunity to register for one of the open seats during the enrollment period for each term.

  • Full-time classes
  • Day classes only
  • Enrollment is limited to twenty students or less in each class
Full-Time Program Schedule for (semester) (Hours)
Semester Day Class Evening Class Days
Fall (450 hours) 7:45am – 2:30pm Not Available Monday - Friday
Spring (450 hours) 7:45am – 2:30pm Not Available Monday - Friday
Summer (390 hours) 7:45am – 2:45pm Not Available Monday - Friday


Tools List
Quantity Description
1 Tool box
1 0-1 inch micrometer
1 6 inch steel rule (scale)
1 10 inch adjustable wrench
1 Center punch (automatic)
1 Set of Allen wrenches (metric and standard)
1 Ballpeen hammer (8 or 10 oz.)
1 6 inch dial caliper
1 Scribe
1 Set of screw drivers
1 Scientific calculator (required)
1 16 ft. tape
1 Machinist comb. Square 12 inch (4 pcs. Set)
1 File brush or File card


3 semesters – 1,290 clock hours - *Tuition will increase every fall semester
*Fall: 450 hours $1,192.00
Spring: 450 hours $1,192.00
Summer: 390 hours $1,192.00
Tools (estimate) $425.00
Books (estimate) $175.00

Special Fees Charged in Addition to Maintenance and Tuition

  • Credit by Examination Fee - The regular course fee is charged for each special examination and must be paid prior to taking the examination. Non-refundable. (See Academic Regulations.)
  • Credit for Life Experience Fees - Assessment Fee for Experiential Learning $45.00.  Experiential Learning Credit $15.00 per credit hour in excess of 3.0 credit hours. $90.00 maximum.
  • High School Equivalency Test (Hi-SET) - $75
  • Placement Test Fees - ACT - $45.00. (Refer to Admissions Policy.)


Basic Die Making - ISBN 0070460906


  • Safety
  • Introduction to die making machines
  • Principles of Blanking and piercing dies
  • Elementary Blank and piercing dies
  • Bending
  • Screw holes and dowel holes
  • Punches & Punches Mounted in punch plates
  • Stripper and Stock Guides
  • Shedders and Knockouts
  • Die Stops
  • Die Sets
  • Sharpening punches and sections
  • Die and press maintenance

Career Opportunities

Tool & Die Repair Technician