Tool and die makers are skilled tradespeople who are responsible for the creation and maintenance of specialty tools used in the manufacture of goods. They often create tools that are specific to their employer or industry. In addition, dies, punches, and other precision parts related to manufacture are created and maintained. Tool and die makers are required to maintain and meet strict precision guidelines within their position, often working on parts that require minute tolerances to ensure proper performance. They often work closely with both engineers and machine operators to ensure that the tools they create and maintain are performing to specification, and it is often the case that tool and die makers have a hand in the planning and execution of assembly within manufacturing plants and machine shops.
Tool and Die Maker Tasks
Inspect, troubleshoot, and repair tooling, dies, and equipment.
Calibrate, set up, and run machines and equipment.
Read blueprints, design, maintain, and build gauges, tools, dies and other equipment.
Test equipment, validate that it meets specifications, and file, grind, and adjust parts as needed.