Tool and Die Maker

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:


  • (10%) Plans construction procedures and methods, selecting the proper materials.
  • (5%) Makes allowances for shrinkage during the heat-treating of tools and metal flow in dies.
  • (85%) Builds die from complex set of blueprints and builds jigs and fixtures from sketches, part drawings or verbal instructions.


  • (20%) Disassembles and reassembles all types of progressive dies and die cast molds for routine maintenance or repairs.
  • (70%) Repairs tools and dies by identifying and correcting problems. Analyzes and troubleshoots progressive dies, assesses problems and repairs accordingly.
  • (5%) Provides support to production area by problem-solving and building tools.
  • (5%) May instruct Tool Room Apprentices and Machinists.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Education and Experience Profile

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Completed Apprenticeship or Machining Technologies course completion or equivalent experience required.

Required Skills

Technical/Functional Competencies:

  • Able to read complex set of blueprints.
  • Able to analyze and troubleshoot progressive carbide lamination dies or multi-cavity Die Cast Molds.
  • Work with minimal supervision.
  • Must have a complete knowledge of all tool room equipment and procedures. Able to operate
    • Drill presses: drilling, reaming, tapping and c/boring.
    • Lathes: complex turning operations, angles, tapers, threading, etc.
    • Milling machines: complex milling, slotting, rotary table, boring, indexing, speeds and feds, cutter selection, etc.
    • Surface grinding: perform complex radius/form grinding, selection of wheels, sine bars, angles and slots, etc.
    • precision measuring equipment (micrometers, Vernier s and comparators)
  • Knowledge of and ability to perform oxygen/acetylene welding techniques.
  • Able to operate CNC and Wire EDM machines is desirable.
  • Able to solve mathematical equations and problems using geometry and trigonometry.

    Leadership/Cultural Competencies:

    • Demonstrate unyielding integrity in leadership and transactions.
    • Deliver on time and on target commitments for the team.
    • Inspire excellence by setting stretch goals and recognize team accomplishments
    • Develop trust, accountability, commitment, and result through team work with caring and fun leadership.

      Work Environment:

      Working conditions are normal for an office environment and non-climate controlled manufacturing facility.

      The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this job/classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

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