Job Title

Tool and Die Makers

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Sector:
Minimum Education Level: Post-Secondary Non-Degree Award
Percent of Total Jobs in Industry: 0.01%
Employed in Industry Group: 62
Change (Over 10 Years): 6

Job Description

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?

FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS:

  • 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.

TRAINING:

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?

ON-THE-JOB-TRAINING