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Connecticut Tooling & Machining Association

  • A trade association founded in 1943 to advocate for tool and die workers
  • Key focus areas of workforce development and government advocacy
  • Offers several member benefits as well as an online educational portal


First founded in 1943 as part of an effort to convince the federal government that tool and die workers were skilled laborers who should be exempt from the World War II draft, the Connecticut Tooling & Machining Association continues to make workforce development and government relations a key part of its work. The organization supports initiatives such as education, legislative advocacy, and community outreach on behalf of tooling and machining industries.

Who’s it for?

Tooling and machining businesses.


To lead the membership toward superior competitiveness and profitability by being the total resource for information, education, training and association services for the innovative tooling and machining company.

Resources & Services

Member Benefits

CTMA offers Regular Memberships for industry members and Associate Memberships for service members. Members have access to networking and sponsorship opportunities, educational seminars, affinity discount programs, legal and labor counseling, and more.

Workforce Training

An online education portal, NTMA-U, offers both individual modules and apprenticeship trainings. Participants can learn about topics such as die and mold making, metallurgy, quality control, blueprint reading, and shop technology.


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