advanced manufacturing die maker tool
Tool and die makers set up and operate a variety of computer-controlled and mechanically controlled machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools.
WHAT SKILLS & TRAINING ARE NEEDED?
- Manual dexterity: Machinists’ and tool and die makers’ work must be accurate. For example, machining parts may demand accuracy to within .0001 of an inch, a level of accuracy that requires workers’ concentration and dexterity.
- Math skills and computer application experience: Workers must be experienced in using computers to work with CAD/CAM technology, CNC machine tools, and computerized measuring machines.
- Mechanical skills: Machinists and tool and die makers must operate milling machines, lathes, grinders, laser and water cutting machines, wire electrical discharge machines, and other machine tools.
- Physical stamina: Machinist and tool and die makers must stand for extended periods and perform repetitious movements.
- Technical skills: Machinists and tool and die makers must understand computerized measuring machines and metalworking processes, such as stock removal, chip control, and heat treating and plating.
Tool and die makers typically are trained on the job.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS A GOOD FIT FOR ME?
- You like working with your hands.
- You’re interested in mechanical like machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- You like following set procedures and routines.
WHERE CAN I PURSUE ALIGNED TRAINING?