Toolmaker and Tool and Die Maintenance Technician Level 3 (Standard)

Master modern machining skills and techniques

Who is it for?

Those looking to start a career or develop existing skills in the operation of manufacturing machinery.

Course Details

  • Duration: 42 Months
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  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge) BTEC or VRQ
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Toolmaker and Tool Die Maintenance Technician (Development Competence)
  • English Functional Skills Level 2 (If required)
  • Maths Functional Skills Level 2 (If required)


  • Programme Induction
  • Block and/or day release training
  • Training in the workplace
  • Formative assessment throughout the programme
  • Regular progress reviews

Off-the-job Training

  • Within this apprenticeship there is an expectation that 20% of the teaching, learning and development will be undertaken through off-the-job training.  

Course Overview

Core Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours

  • Please refer to the full details of the core knowledge, skills and behaviours on page 135

Specific Specialist Knowledge

  • Mathematical techniques, formula and calculations
  • Structure, properties and characteristics of common materials used for the manufacture and repair of tooling, moulds, dies and jigs and fixtures
  • Safe operation/correct selection and application of a range of hand tools
  • Safe operation and operating principles of a range of complex workshop machinery
  • Set up and operate the machinery/equipment efficiently and effectively
  • Principles of how the relevant tools, dies, jigs and fixtures being manufactured/maintained function, the operating sequences, the purpose of individual components/systems and how they interact
  • Application of pneumatics, hydraulics, electrical and electronic systems as applied to various moulding, injection, pressing and similar associated machinery

Specific Specialist Skills

  • Read and interpret relevant data and documentation used to produce and/or maintain tool and die components, assemblies and systems
  • Supply methods and techniques to produce, assemble, disassemble repair and/or maintain tools, dies, jigs and fixtures
  • Manufacture components
  • Undertake testing to confirm correct operation, and the effectiveness of repairs and maintenance activities carried out
  • Undertake equipment/asset care and/or preventative planned maintenance processes and procedures
  • Carry out complex fault diagnosis and repair activities covering maintenance of:
    • Mechanical equipment
    • Fluid/pneumatic power equipment
    • Electrical/electronic equipment
    • Process control equipment
  • Contribute to the business by identifying possible opportunities for improving working practices, processes and/or procedures 

  • Knowledge Test
  • Practical Assessment
  • Oral Examination
  • Professional Interview (Viva)

Course Dates

Flexible to suit

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