If I were you, I would go into CNC as muchas you can. Also laser technology has been around for awhile, that is worth checking into. I am a machinist/toolmaker in Wichita, I have gone to get a degree in business from University of Phoenix. I will have completed my college classes by next October 31st. I had been working as a Tool and Die maker for 12 years before at a little shop I thought I was going to retire from, was I wrong. New technology as Laser, Trump Machines changed tooling. Good uck in your decision.