Die cutters cut pieces of flat material, such as cloth, paper, and sheet metal, usually with the use of heavy machinery. A pallet jack or forklift may be used to move materials from one area to another, and this job is usually necessary when a large amount of identical pieces is required for use in other projects.
Machines must be calibrated so that they function properly and the results are monitored for quality, and the cutting die is mounted by the die cutter along with stripping units, pins, and other necessary tools. Data entry may be necessary in this position to document activities, and housekeeping skills are also important to keep the work area neat and free of hazards. Much of the work is done independently, so it's important to be able to work well with minimal supervision, and there may be production goals to be met and quality tests to be passed. This job is usually done in an industrial environment which can be noisy or not climate-controlled.
Mathematical skills may be necessary in this position, and die cutters should also have good physical strength and be able to stand, bend and stoop, lift heavy items, and perform repetitive motions for long periods of time. Some employers require relevant prior experience while others provide on-the-job training, and good dexterity is also important for success.
Die Cutter Tasks
Operate cutting and trimming equipment to produce uniform products.
Maintain and repair cutting equipment, such as replacing blades.
Manage pallets, product conveyance and update inventory.
Inspect products and materials, identify problems and troubleshoot solutions.