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Manufacturers are looking for highly skilled workers to create increasingly complex and important products. If you want a stable career in an industry that needs you, consider become a toolmaker. Our Toolmaker training course will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to prove competency and begin your new career quickly.

The Toolmaker course provides an intensive overview of skills necessary for toolmaking, including workholding, math, inspection, safety, machining, materials, quality, grinding, and stamping.

12 Months / 160 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

Offered in Partnership with your Preferred School

Colorado Mountain College - Workforce Training

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Learning Method


Self-Paced. Study on your own schedule

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES781

What You Will Learn
  • Production Floor Safety
  • CNC Controls and Programming
  • Metallurgy
  • Machining and Grinding Processes
  • Six Sigma, 5S, Lean, and TPM
  • Workholding Principles
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 160 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Prepare for a career as a toolmaker, tool and die maker, or tool and die machinist
  • Gain the skills you need to confidently perform your job


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I. Workholding
  A.   Intro to Workholding 104
  B.   Locating Devices 107
  C.   Clamping Basics 108
  D.   Chucks, Collets, and Vises 110
  E.   Drill Bushing Selection 230
II. Math
  A.   Math Fundamentals 101
  B.   Math: Fractions and Decimals 111
  C.   Blueprint Reading 131
  D.   Algebra Fundamentals 141
  E.   Geometry: Lines and Angles 151
  F.   Geometry: Triangles 161
  G.   Geometry: Circles and Polygons 171
  H.   Trigonometry: The Pythagorean Theorem 201
  I.   Trigonometry: Sine, Cosine, Tangent 211
  J.   Statistics 231
III. Inspection
  A.   Basic Measurement 101
  B.   Introduction to GD&T 301
  C.   Major Rules of GD&T 311
  D.   Inspecting a Prismatic Part 321
  E.   Inspecting a Cylindrical Part 331
IV. Metal Cutting
  A.   Cutting Processes 111
  B.   Safety for Metal Cutting 101
  C.   Overview of Machine Tools 121
  D.   Basic Cutting Theory 201
  E.   Band Saw Operation 211
  F.   Introduction to Metal Cutting Fluids 221
  G.   Metal Cutting Fluid Safety 231
  H.   Toolholders for Turning 260
  I.   Speed and Feed for the Lathe 301
  J.   Speed and Feed for the Mill 311
  K.   Machining Titanium Alloys 325
  L.   Lathe Tool Geometry 351
  M.   Mill Tool Geometry 361
  N.   Drill Tool Geometry 371 
  O.   Intro to EDM 100
V. Machining
  A.   Manual Mill Basics 201
  B.   Engine Lathe Basics 211
  C.   Manual Mill Setup 221
  D.   Overview of Engine Lathe Setup 205
  E.   Benchwork and Layout Operations 241
  F.   Manual Mill Operation 251
  G.   Engine Lathe Operation 225
  H.   Holemaking on the Manual Mill 271
  I.   Threading on the Engine Lathe 235
  J.   Taper Turning on the Engine Lathe 240
  K.   Introduction to CNC Machines 201
  L.   Basics of the CNC Lathe 211
  M.   Basics of the CNC Mill 212
  N.   Coordinates for the CNC Lathe 221
  O.   Coordinates for the CNC Mill 222
  P.   CNC Specs for the Mill 220
  Q.   CNC Specs for the Lathe 225
  R.   Basics of G Code Programming 231
  S.   Introduction to CAD and CAM for Machining 241
  T.   Control Panel Functions for the CNC Lathe 251
  U.   Control Panel Functions for the CNC Mill 252
  V.   Creating a CNC Turning Program 301
  W.   Creating a CNC Milling Program 302
  X.   Calculations for Programming the Mill 312
  Y.   Turning Calculations 285
  Z.   Canned Cycles for the Lathe 321
  AA. Canned Cycles for the Mill 322
  BB.   Haas Mill: Control Panel Overview 250
  CC.   Haas Lathe: Control Panel Overview 255
  DD. Haas Mill: First Part Runs 320
  EE.   Haas Lathe: First Part Runs 325
  FF.   Fanuc Mill: Control Panel Overview 250
  GG. Fanuc Lathe: Control Panel Overview 255
  HH. Fanuc Mill: First Part Runs 320
  II.   Fanuc Lathe: First Part Runs 325
  JJ.   Mazak Mill: Control Panel Overview 250
  KK.   Mazak Lathe: Control Panel Overview 255
  LL.   Creating an EIA/ISO Program for the Mazak Mill 286
  MM. Creating an EIA/ISO Program for the Mazak Lathe 287
  NN. Creating a Mazatrol Program for the Mill 288
  OO. Creating a Mazatrol Program for the Lathe 289
  PP.   Mazak Mill: First Part Runs 320
  QQ. Mazak Lathe: First Part Runs 325
VI. Safety
  A.   Intro to OSHA 101
  B.   Personal Protective Equipment 111
  C.   Noise Reduction and Hearing Conservation 121
  D.   Respiratory Safety 131
  E.   Lockout/Tagout Procedures 141
  F.   SDS and Hazard Communication 151
  G.   Bloodborne Pathogens 161
  H.   Walking and Working Surfaces 171
  I.   Fire Safety and Prevention 181
  J.   Flammable/Combustible Liquids 191
  K.   Ergonomics 102
  L.   Hand and Power Tool Safety 201
  M.   Safety for Lifting Devices 211
  N.   Powered Industrial Truck Safety 221
  O.   Confined Spaces 231
  P.   Environmental Safety Hazards 241
  Q.   Machine Guarding 140
VII. Materials
  A.   Basics of Siemens PLCs 200
  B.   Siemens PLC Hardware 210
  C.   Siemens PLC Inputs and Outputs 240
  D.   Siemens Human Machine Interfaces 250
  E.   Siemens SIMATIC Modular PLCs 260
  F.   Siemens SIMATIC S7-1200 PLCs 340
  G.   Siemens SIMATIC S7-1500 PLCs 350
  H.   Siemens Safety Integrated for Factory Automation 360
  I.   Intro to PLCs 200
  J.   Hardware for PLCs 210
  K.   PLC Inputs and Outputs 240
  L.   Hand-Held Programmers of PLCs 280
  M.   Overview of PLC Registers 305
VIII. Quality and Manufacturing Management
  A.   Lean Manufacturing Overview 101
  B.   Essentials of Leadership 110
  C.   Essentials of Communication 120
  D.   ISO 9001: 2015 Review 122
  E.   Continuous Process Improvement: Managing Flow 124
  F.   Manufacturing Process Applications: Part I 124
  G.   Continuous Process Improvement: Identifying and Eliminating Waste 125
  H.   Manufacturing Process Applications: Part II 125
  I.   Managing Performance: Best Practices 130
  J.   Approaches to Maintenance 131
  K.   Managing Performance: Corrective Actions 135
  L.   Equipment/Tool Design and Development 137
  M.   Total Productive Maintenance 141
  N.   Conflict Resolution Principles 150
  O.   5S Overview 151
  P.   Conflict Resolution for Different Groups 155
  Q.   Team Leadership 160
  R.   Intro to Six Sigma 171
  S.   Quality and Customer Service 175
  T.   Manufacturing Management 180
  U.   Troubleshooting 181
  V.   Personal Effectiveness 190
  W.   Conducting Kaizen Events 191
  X.   Managing the Diverse Workplace 210
  Y.   SPC Overview 211
  Z.   Harassment and Discrimination 215
  AA. Performance Management and the Law 230
  BB.   Metrics for Lean 231
  CC.   Process Flow Charting 241
  DD. Strategies for Setup Reduction 251
  EE.   Management Tools: Problem Solving 270
  FF.   Management Tools: Product and Process Design 275
  GG. Six Sigma Goals and Tools 310
IX. Grinding
  A.   Grinding Processes 201
  B.   Grinding Safety 211
  C.   Basic Grinding Theory 221
  D.   Basics of the Surface Grinder 231
  E.   Basics of the Cylindrical Grinder 232
  F.   Basics of the Centerless Grinder 233
  G.   Setup for the Surface Grinder 241
  H.   Setup for the Cylindrical Grinder 242
  I.   Setup for the Centerless Grinder 243
  J.   Surface Grinder Operation 251
  K.   Cylindrical Grinder Operation 252
  L.   Centerless Grinder Operation 253
  M.   Introduction to Grinding Fluids 261
  N.   Grinding Variables 301
  O.   Grinding Ferrous Metals 311
  P.   Grinding Nonferrous Metals 321
  Q.   Grinding Wheel Materials 331
  R.   Grinding Wheel Geometry 361
  S.   Dressing and Truing 341
X. Stamping and Fabrication
  A.   Die Components 130
  B.   Die Cutting Variables 200
  C.   Fabrication Process 232
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Instructors & Support

No instructor

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.
  • Mac users may experience some issues with Adobe Flash.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

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


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When can I start the course?

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.

How long does it take to complete this course?

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.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

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 your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

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

Am I guaranteed a job?

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.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do 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:

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