Looking back I had it pretty good; my school cost only $1 per day, the training was excellent, jobs were readily available and it didn’t cost so much to live.
Now I’m sure that school costs a great deal more, possibly doesn’t even have a mold making/tool-and-die making program, there aren’t many jobs and it costs a lot more to live.
On the other hand, when one door closes another usually opens. When one field of work is slow there is nearly always another that is busy. The problem is being prepared to work at whatever is availabe
There are several good schools that still do offer courses in the precision metal working trades, most of them seem to be in the Midwest and Pennsylvania. At one time there were many vocational high schools with toolmaking programs, but most of these are now shuttered, due to lack of students going into the trades.
Some think it is indicative of the times that so few young people seem to be interested in a career in manufacturing, that might be the case. It is hard work, you do get your hands dirty, you do have to put in longer hours and sometimes it is noisy.
On the other hand, you have excellent job security and get to make things. Instead of typing on a laptop computer, as I am now, you use your hands and brain to solve problems of the practical sort.
There is no phone APP to solve your problem in an instant, no rewind to do it over and certainly there is no virtual reality. This is the real thing and you know it by the joys and sorrows of success and failure with tangible items that you create.
Some areas require that apprentice injection mold makers attend one of these technical schools prior to being hired. If this is available then this is the way to go. You have an opportunity to learn in a classroom and shop where the mistakes don’t cost any money.
Once the course is completed you are ready for the next step, becoming an apprentice. This is a win-win situation for the employee and employer. Now the real work begins and all that schooling can pay off.