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2015-2016 Course Catalog 
2015-2016 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Diemaking Diploma

The Tool & Diemaking program prepares students to meet the demands for qualified personnel in either the conventionally controlled or computer numerical-controlled (CNC) tooling industry.

There are two separate diploma options available: Machinist Technology and Diemaking.

1st Year: Machinist Technology graduates should have the skills required to work in a general machine shop.

2nd Year: Diemaking graduates should have the skills necessary to work as tool planners, tool makers, die makers, etc. By completing the core courses required for all students plus the courses in the two diploma options, students may receive a Tool & Diemaking AAS degree  .

For more information about the Tool & Diemaking program, please visit our website at

Location: Ankeny

Students start Fall semester.

Program Entry Requirements: Diemaking Diploma

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.
  4. Submit proof of Machinist Technology Diploma or equivalent.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Machinist Technology or Diemaking diploma, or a Tool & Diemaking AAS degree, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

AAS Degree Core Requirements

All students must complete the following:

Required Courses

Option Courses

Requirements for the Diemaking Diploma

Students must complete the Machinist Technology diploma   or equivalent prior to enrolling in the Diemaking diploma.

Students who choose the diemaking diploma option must complete the following courses:

Total Credits Required to Complete the Diemaking Diploma - 48

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$143.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

  Semester 4 Semester 5 Semester 6
Books (approximate) 260 75 40
Supplies   50 50 50
Equpment-Tools 150 50  

Please see program website at for additional information regarding books and tools.

Approximate total for program: $7,589*

* Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

• Make dies, metal forms and tools; guide and hold devices used in the mass production of metal and plastic parts.
• Spend time doing precision handwork on dies such as sanding, filing, scraping, and polishing parts of the dies.
• Use almost every kind of machine tool and precision-measuring instrument.
• Repair gauges, jigs, fixtures, and dies that may be worn or damaged.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

• Apply math skills in specific machine setups and operations.
• Organize your work, planning each step of the job from beginning to end.
• Maintain a steady hand for precise movements and use your eyes for close work for long periods of time.
• Be able to lift 25 to 50 pounds.
• Demonstrate imagination and creativity on the various machine setups and operations.
• Demonstrate a positive attitude and work closely with others.
• Basic computer management skills.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

• To be a journeyman machinist, you will need two to three years of on-the-job apprenticeship experience.
• There is danger of accidents due to the high-powered, fast-moving machine parts.
• Most of the work will be done in a standing position.
• Average starting salary, Machinist Diploma-$31,680 (2009-2010 Placement Report),
   A.A.S. degree-$27,040 (2010-2011 Placement Report).

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