From apprentice to manager -
by Modern Machine Shop
Technical schools and students occasionally ask
me what would be a good road for a young person
to follow in the tooling field to advance from apprentice
toolmaker to manager of a tool engineering department.
First, I explain that rising from apprentice to
a fully qualified tool and diemaker takes about
ten years. Mastering the design aspects of tools,
dies, jigs, fixtures and gages takes four years.
After that, serving as a senior tool and die designer,
TABULAR DATA OMITTED followed by the traditional
position of supervisor of the tool design section.
That would consume another four years. And finally,
if interest is still high, the individual would
be ready to become a tool engineering manager.
To be most effective, these twenty years of practical
experience should be complemented year-to-year with
classroom studies of subjects directly related to
the shop work. An outline of this program appears
in the following table.
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