Die Setter

Are you looking for a job where you can play a pivotal role during a manufacturing process? Consider a career as a die setter. This accelerated Die Setter course provides an intensive overview of math, inspection, safety, materials, quality, and fabrication, and will prepare for a successful career as a die setter.

12 Months / 100 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment
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Course code: GES777

What you will learn

  • Production Floor Safety
  • Metallurgy
  • Press Operation and Procedures
  • Press Brake Operation and Procedures
  • Six Sigma, 5S, Lean, and TPM
  • Inspection Methods

How you will benefit

  • Prepare for a career as a die setter or machine technician
  • Gain the skills you need to confidently perform your job
  • Enrolled students are invited to attend our exclusive annual virtual National Apprenticeship Week events, featuring live webinars, workshops, and employer interactions

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 100 course hours
  1. Workholding
    1. Clamping Basics 108
  2. Math
    1. Math Fundamentals 101
    2. Math: Fractions and Decimals 111
    3. Units of Measurement 112
    4. Basics of Tolerance 121
    5. Blueprint Reading 131
    6. Algebra Fundamentals 141
    7. Geometry: Lines and Angles 151
    8. Geometry: Triangles 161
    9. Geometry: Circles and Polygons 171
    10. Statistics 231
  3. Inspection
    1. Basic Measurement 101
    2. Hole Standards and Inspection 141
    3. Thread Standards and Inspection 151
    4. Surface Texture and Inspection 201
    5. Inspecting a Prismatic Part 321
    6. Inspecting a Cylindrical Part 331
    7. In-Line Inspection Applications 381
    8. Material Tests for Welding 201
  4. Safety
    1. Intro to OSHA 101
    2. Personal Protective Equipment 111
    3. Noise Reduction and Hearing Conservation 121
    4. Respiratory Safety 131
    5. Lockout/Tagout Procedures 141
    6. SDS and Hazard Communication 151
    7. Bloodborne Pathogens 161
    8. Walking and Working Surfaces 171
    9. Fire Safety and Prevention 181
    10. Flammable/Combustible Liquids 191
    11. Ergonomics 102
    12. Hand and Power Tool Safety 201
    13. Safety for Lifting Devices 211
    14. Powered Industrial Truck Safety 221
    15. Confined Spaces 231
    16. Environmental Safety Hazards 241
    17. Machine Guarding 140
  5. Materials
    1. Introduction to Physical Properties 101
    2. Introduction to Mechanical Properties 111
    3. Introduction to Metals 121
    4. Classification of Steel 201
    5. Essentials of Heat Treatment of Steel 211
    6. Ferrous Metals 231
    7. Nonferrous Metals 241
    8. Exotic Alloys 301
  6. Machining
    1. Metal Cutting Fluid Safety 231
    2. Introduction to CAD and CAM for Machining 241
    3. Machining Titanium Alloys 325
    4. Optimizing Tool Life and Process 381
  7. Quality and Manufacturing Management
    1. Lean Manufacturing Overview 101
    2. Essentials of Leadership 110
    3. Essentials of Communication 120
    4. ISO 9001: 2015 Review 122
    5. Continuous Process Improvement: Managing Flow 124
    6. Continuous Process Improvement: Identifying and Eliminating Waste 125
    7. Managing Performance: Best Practices 130
    8. Approaches to Maintenance 131
    9. Process Design and Development 133
    10. Managing Performance: Corrective Actions 135
    11. Production System Design and Development 136
    12. Equipment/Tool Design and Development 137
    13. Basics of Manufacturing Costs 140
    14. Total Productive Maintenance 141
    15. Conflict Resolution Principles 150
    16. 5S Overview 151
    17. Conflict Resolution for Different Groups 155
    18. Team Leadership 160
    19. Intro to Six Sigma 171
    20. Quality and Customer Service 175
    21. Troubleshooting 181
    22. Personal Effectiveness 190
    23. Managing the Diverse Workplace 210
    24. SPC Overview 211
    25. Harassment and Discrimination 215
    26. Performance Management and the Law 230
    27. Metrics for Lean 231
    28. Process Flow Charting 241
    29. Strategies for Setup Reduction 251
    30. Six Sigma Goals and Tools 310
  8. Stamping
    1. Press Basics 110
    2. Stamping Safety 115
    3. Punch and Die Operations 120
    4. Die Components 130
    5. Coil Handling Equipment 140
    6. Die Cutting Variables 200
    7. Monitoring Press Operations 220
    8. Coil Loading Procedures 250
    9. Die Setting Procedures 300
  9. Press Brakes
    1. Press Brake Safety 100
    2. Press Brake Components 110
    3. Bending Fundamentals 120
    4. Die Bending Operations 130
    5. Operating the Press Brake 200
    6. Press Brake Specifications 220
  10. Electrical/Mechanical Systems and Motor Controls
    1. Safety for Electrical Work 111
    2. Lubricant Fundamentals 130
    3. Robot Sensors 150
    4. Robotic Control Systems 240
    5. Specs for Servomotors 330
    6. Limit Switches and Proximity Sensors 360

This is not an instructor facilitated course; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.


There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive twelve (12) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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