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To be eligible for apprenticeship training you must be registered as an apprentice. Go to the BCIT Apprenticeship website for more information.

The new Tool and Die Maker apprentice 10 week program will build on the existing Machinist Apprentice to act as a fifth year of technical
tool and die student
training. The program will generally take one year to complete. In addition to the 10 weeks of technical training, students will be required to complete a minimum of 3,300 workplace hours (up to 1,650 may be assessed as prior learning during the Machinist apprenticeship. These must be Tool and Die Maker specific hours).

A Tool and Die Maker designs and builds tooling for all manufacturing sectors such as domestic consumer goods, transportation industry, medical, electronics, automotive and aerospace. They work from sketches, drawings, Computer-aided designs (CAD), specifications and their own concepts and drawings that they calculate dimensions, tolerances and types of fits. They must be knowledgeable about the properties of metal and non-metallic materials such as plastic and composite materials. Some Tool and Die Makers specialize in design, prototyping, automation equipment, gauge making, jigs and fixtures, die making and or mold making.

Program Entry

If you are registered with the Industry Training Authority, you can apply now to BCIT's Apprenticeship Studies program. Read more about BCIT's apprenticeship programs.

Entrance requirements

  • Machinist Certificate of Qualification with a Red Seal Endorsement

Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year.

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for availability of upcoming intakes.

myCommunication

Within 2 weeks of submitting your training request, a letter will be mailed to your home address. This letter details information on how to sign on to myBCIT, your one stop shop for BCIT apprentice communication. myBCIT is where you will receive your training confirmation details.

Please see myCommunication for more information.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Apprentices are expected to bring their CSA-approved steel-toed boots and eye protection. There is an approved book list for the Tool and Die Maker apprenticeship. These books are available at the BCIT Bookstore on the Burnaby campus.

Financial assistance

Income support for apprentices is provided by Human Resource Development Canada (HRDC) through regular Employment Insurance (EI) eligibility. For questions regarding Employment Insurance or Personal Support Payments, please visit the income support overview for current BCIT apprentices.

Courses

Class hours

0700-1400, Monday through Friday

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for class hours and availability of upcoming intakes.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

10 weeks, full-time. The program will generally take one year to complete.

In addition to the 10 weeks of technical training, students will be required to complete a minimum of 3,300 workplace hours (up to 1,650 may be assessed as prior learning during the Machinist apprenticeship. These must be Tool and Die Maker specific hours).

Grading

Minimum passing grade is 70 per cent.

Accreditation

ITA Certificate of Qualification (Tool and Die Maker)

Inter-Provincial Red Seal Endorsement (Tool and Die Maker)

Persons completing a formal apprenticeship also receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

After graduation, Tool and Die Makers can be found working in areas of specialization which include:
  • Prototyping and tooling
  • Design
  • Machine equipment
  • Motor vehicle parts
  • Aerospace
  • Research and development
  • Transportation
  • High tech equipment
  • Medical equipment
  • Automation equipment
  • Gauge making
  • Jigs and fixtures
  • Die making
  • Mold making

Skills learned in the Tool and Die trade are transferable to related occupations such as Machinist and CNC Programmer positions.

Our grads have gone on to work at companies such as:
  • Teck Metals Ltd.
  • Canam Tool and Engineering
  • National Defence Fleet Maintenance Facilities
  • Columbia Plastics Ltd.
  • Innovative Tool and Die Inc.


Credential

BCIT offers a Diploma for apprentices who have successfully completed their technical training at BCIT and have been granted a British Columbia Trades Qualification (IP/TQ). In trades where there is no requirement to complete a Trades Qualification (TQ), a Certificate of Apprenticeship is acceptable. Please see the BCIT apprenticeship training section of the website for more information.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Faculty and Staff

  • James Cai, Machinist IP, BEng, MBA, PEng, Chief Instructor
  • Mark Allardyce, Machinist IP
  • Marte Arreola, Machinist IP
  • Ali Daeizadeh, Machinist IP
  • Bill Elgert, Machinist IP
  • T.M. Ray Green, MEd, Machinist IP
  • Andy Hofmann, Machinist IP
  • Karl Reichenback, Tool and Die TQ
  • Greg Wahl, Machinist IP, Tool and Die IP
  • Kerri Macmillan, Administrative Assistant
  • Alex Rosenthal, BEd (Tech), MA, Associate Dean
  • Trevor Williams, BSc, MSc (Mech Eng), PEng, Dean, School of Energy

Contact Us

BCIT Apprentice Services

For more information on this or other apprenticeship programs, tuition fees and when programs are offered, please contact BCIT Apprentice Services at:

Office Location: Building SW1, First Floor
Burnaby campus
Phone: 604-456-8100
1-800-667-0676 (BC)
Fax: 604-435-1197
On the web: bcit.ca/apprenticeship

The BCIT Apprentice Service can assist apprentices with their registration, tuition fee payments, and other details.

Anyone interested in registering as an apprentice can contact the Industry Training Authority (ITA) at 778-328-8700 or 1-866-660-6011 (BC). BCIT's Apprentice Services can also assist individuals interested in entering apprentice training.

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Training Schedules

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