Tool and Die Makers


Also called : Die Machinist, Die Repair Laborer, Die Repair Technician (Die Repair Tech), Jig and Fixture Repairer, Tool and Die Machinist, Tool and Die Maker, Tool and Fixture Specialist, Tool Maker, Tool Repaire

What they do


Analyze specifications, lay out metal stock, set up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to make and repair dies, cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges, and machinists' hand tools.

On the job, one would


  • Verify dimensions, alignments, and clearances of finished parts for conformance to specifications, using measuring instruments such as calipers, gauge blocks, micrometers, or dial indicators.

  • Set up and operate conventional or computer numerically controlled machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, or grinders to cut, bore, grind, or otherwise shape parts to prescribed dimensions and finishes.

  • Visualize and compute dimensions, sizes, shapes, and tolerances of assemblies, based on specifications.

  • Study blueprints, sketches, models, or specifications to plan sequences of operations for fabricating tools, dies, or assemblies.

  • Fit and assemble parts to make, repair, or modify dies, jigs, gauges, and tools, using machine tools, hand tools, or welders.

KNOWLEDGE


  • Mechanical
    Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • Mathematics
    Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

  • Production and Processing
    Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

  • Design
    Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

SKILLS


  • Operation and Control
    Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

  • Operations Monitoring
    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  • Quality Control Analysis
    Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

  • Critical Thinking
    Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

  • Equipment Selection
    Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

ABILITIES


  • Near Vision
    The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

  • Visualization
    The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

  • Problem Sensitivity
    The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.

  • Control Precision
    The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

  • Finger Dexterity
    The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

PERSONALITY

People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

  • Attention to Detail
    Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

  • Dependability
    Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

  • Persistence
    Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

  • Cooperation
    Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

  • Independence
    Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

  • Initiative
    Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

  • Self-Control
    Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

  • Analytical Thinking
    Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

  • Achievement/Effort
    Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

  • Innovation
    Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

TECHNOLOGY

  • Computer aided design CAD software

  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software

  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software

  • Inventory management software

  • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software

  • Office suite software

  • Presentation software

  • Project management software

  • Spreadsheet software

  • Word processing software

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

  • Preparation

    Medium Preparation Needed

  • Education

    Training in vocational schools or an Associate deg

  • Experience

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations.

  • Jobtraining

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.

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