Apr 21, 2024  
NIACC Catalog 2024-2025 
NIACC Catalog 2024-2025

Tool and Die Technology, A.A.S.

Get ready for the next level in technical precision with our Tool and Die Technology Degree program!

Building on the foundation laid by the General Machinist Diploma, this five-semester journey propels you into the fascinating realm of high-precision industrial dies and molds.  Tool and die manufacturing is not just a process; it is an art form where precision meets creativity.

Get hands-on with cutting-edge computer-aided design, creating intricate molds, dies, and other tools.  Then, unleash your creativity with CNC programming software, transforming your designs into reality with precision CNC machining equipment. 

As you immerse yourself into this program, you will learn various techniques and applications in order to utilize CNC machine tools like a pro and build tooling like a journeyman.

Future Ready Iowa


 Eligible for Future Ready Iowa Last Dollar Scholarship.


Career Opportunities

  • Mold builder
  • Operate/set up complex CNC equipment
  • Tool maker
  • Die maker
  • CNC programmer
  • Quality Control Inspector
  • Gage maker
  • Instrument maker
  • CAD/CAM technician

Upon successful completion of the General Machinist curriculum with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or higher, the student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree. Program graduates are prepared to work in the “tool room” of area manufacturers or to work for a specialty tool and die shop producing dies and molds for a large variety of production machines in our area.

Entrance Advising

To ensure your success in this advanced program and uphold NIACC’s dedication to student achievement, personalized advisement sessions are scheduled with counselors and program personnel.  During these consultations, we tailor your educational journey by considering your career aspirations, academic history, test scores, life experiences, and motivation, ensuring a positive and fulfilling learning experience. 


Required Courses/Suggested Schedule

First Year

Second Year

Total Program Hours: 80 s.h.

*Math Requirement – Students are required to complete MFG 137  and MFG 138  OR MAT 801 , MAT 802 , MAT 803 , and MAT 804 .