Tool and Die Makers
SOC: 51-4111.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
77,800 employed

Projected (2024):
67,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Aircraft Tool Maker
  • Bench Tool Maker
  • Broach Setter
  • Cam Maker
  • Carbide Operator
  • Carbide Tool Die Maker
  • Carbide Tool Maker
  • Die Assembler
  • Die Baker
  • Die Cutter
  • Die Cutter Apprentice
  • Die Finisher
  • Die Maintenance
  • Die Maker
  • Die Maker Apprentice
  • Die Mechanic
  • Die Repair Machinist
  • Die Set Up Worker
  • Die Sinker
  • Die Sinker Apprentice
  • Die Trouble Shooter
  • Die Try Out Worker
  • Die-Casting and Plastic Molding Mold Maker
  • Edger
  • Electronic Die Maker
  • Fixture Maker
  • Forcer Maker
  • Gage Maker
  • Gauge Maker Apprentice
  • Hard Die Mill Set-Up Technician-Tool Design
  • Hub Cutter
  • Jig
  • Jig and Fixture Builder
  • Jig and Fixture Builder Apprentice
  • Jig and Fixture Repairer
  • Jig Bore Tool Maker
  • Jig Maker
  • Jigman
  • Journeyman Tool and Die Maker
  • Keller Machine Operator
  • Lead Man Over All Dies in Pattern Shop
  • Metal Die Finisher
  • Metal Gauge Maker
  • Plastic Die Maker Apprentice
  • Plastic Fixture Builder
  • Plastic Tool Maker
  • Saw Maker
  • Sawsmith
  • Stamping Bench Die Maker
  • Stamping Die Maker
  • Stamping Die Try-Out Worker
  • Tap and Die Maker Technician
  • Template Layout Worker
  • Tool and Die Assembler
  • Tool and Die Machinist
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Tool and Die Maker Apprentice
  • Tool and Die Maker Level Five
  • Tool and Die Maker/Designer
  • Tool and Die Repair
  • Tool and Die Technician
  • Tool Liaison
  • Tool Maker Apprentice
  • Tool Mechanic
  • Tool Repairer
  • Tool Salvage Worker
  • Tool Setter Apprentice
  • Tool Trouble Shooter
  • Tool/Die Maker
  • Toolmaker
  • Toolmaker A
  • Toolmaker Grade Three
  • Toolsmith
  • Trim Die Maker
  • Wire Drawing Die Maker


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Study blueprints, sketches, models, or specifications to plan sequences of operations for fabricating tools, dies, or assemblies.
  • Verify dimensions, alignments, and clearances of finished parts for conformance to specifications, using measuring instruments such as calipers, gauge blocks, micrometers, and dial indicators.
  • Visualize and compute dimensions, sizes, shapes, and tolerances of assemblies, based on specifications.
  • Set up and operate conventional or computer numerically controlled machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, and grinders to cut, bore, grind, or otherwise shape parts to prescribed dimensions and finishes.
  • File, grind, shim, and adjust different parts to properly fit them together.
  • Fit and assemble parts to make, repair, or modify dies, jigs, gauges, and tools, using machine tools and hand tools.
  • Conduct test runs with completed tools or dies to ensure that parts meet specifications, making adjustments as necessary.
  • Inspect finished dies for smoothness, contour conformity, and defects.
  • Smooth and polish flat and contoured surfaces of parts or tools, using scrapers, abrasive stones, files, emery cloths, or power grinders.
  • Lift, position, and secure machined parts on surface plates or worktables, using hoists, vises, v-blocks, or angle plates.
  • Measure, mark, and scribe metal or plastic stock to lay out machining, using instruments such as protractors, micrometers, scribes, and rulers.
  • Cut, shape, and trim blanks or blocks to specified lengths or shapes, using power saws, power shears, rules, and hand tools.
  • Design jigs, fixtures, and templates for use as work aids in the fabrication of parts or products.
  • Select metals to be used from a range of metals and alloys, based on properties such as hardness and heat tolerance.
  • Set up and operate drill presses to drill and tap holes in parts for assembly.
  • Develop and design new tools and dies, using computer-aided design software.
  • Set pyrometer controls of heat-treating furnaces and feed or place parts, tools, or assemblies into furnaces to harden.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 1-2-3 blocks
  • Abrasive cutoff saws
  • Acetylene torches
  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Air compressors
  • Air grinders
  • Air-powered sandblasters
  • Allen wrenches
  • Angle gauge blocks
  • Angle plates
  • Arbor presses
  • Band saws
  • Bearing pullers
  • Bench grinders
  • Bore gauges
  • Boring bars
  • Brazing equipment
  • Bridge cranes
  • Broachers
  • Chuck keys
  • Claw hammers
  • Cold chisels
  • Combination milling machines
  • Combination squares
  • Compound sine bars
  • Computerized numerical control CNC turning centers
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM
  • Counterbores
  • Countersinks
  • Cutoff saws
  • Deburring machines
  • Deburring tools
  • Depth gauges
  • Desktop computers
  • Dial calipers
  • Dial indicators
  • Diamond dressers
  • Die grinders
  • Die maker's squares
  • Die spotting presses
  • Digital micrometers
  • Digital plotters
  • Disc grinders
  • Dividers
  • Drill point gauges
  • Drill presses
  • Dust collectors
  • Dust masks
  • Ear plugs
  • Electrical Discharge Machining EDM machines
  • Engraving machines
  • Feeler gauges
  • Flat blade screwdrivers
  • Forklifts
  • Furnace ladles
  • Gap lathes
  • Gauge blocks
  • Gear lathes
  • Grease guns
  • Grinding wheel dressing sticks
  • Grinding wheels
  • Grit blasting cabinets
  • Hacksaws
  • Hand clamps
  • Hand jacks
  • Hand reamers
  • Handheld refractometers
  • Hardness testing devices
  • Heat treatment furnaces
  • Height micrometers
  • Hermaphrodite calipers
  • Hoisting equipment
  • Honing machines
  • Honing stones
  • Horizontal boring mills
  • Hydraulic pressing equipment
  • Jig bores
  • Knee mills
  • Knurling tools
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser cutters
  • Laser scanner coordinate capturing equipment
  • Layout squares
  • Loupes
  • Magnetic drill presses
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Mallets
  • Measuring tapes
  • Metal inert gas MIG welders
  • Metal markers
  • Metal scribers
  • Oil dispensing cans
  • Optical comparators
  • Optical flats
  • Oxyacetylene welding equipment
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Plasma arc welding equipment
  • Plug gauges
  • Portable drills
  • Portable welders
  • Power drills
  • Power grinders
  • Power press brakes
  • Power shears
  • Precision files
  • Precision levels
  • Precision rulers
  • Precision tapered reamers
  • Profile grinders
  • Protective face shields
  • Protractors
  • Punch sets
  • Radial drill presses
  • Radius gauges
  • Rasps
  • Riveting tools
  • Rotary surface grinders
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety goggles
  • Shielded arc welding tools
  • Stamping presses
  • Steel rules
  • Stick welders
  • Surface finish comparators
  • Surface gauges
  • Surface grinding machines
  • T-style tap wrenches
  • Tap extractors
  • Tap sets
  • Telescoping gauges
  • Telescoping measuring rods
  • Tensile testers
  • Thread gauges
  • Thread ring gauges
  • Tin snips
  • Tongs
  • Toolmaker's microscopes
  • Tube benders
  • Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
  • Turning tools
  • Turret lathes
  • Turret punch presses
  • Ultrasonic testing equipment
  • V blocks
  • Vernier calipers
  • Vernier height gauges
  • Vernier protractors
  • Vertical bandsaws
  • Vertical belt sanders
  • Vertical milling machines
  • Vibratory tumblers
  • Welders
  • Wire brushes
  • Wire electrical discharge machines
  • Workshop bench vises
  • Workshop cranes
  • 1CadCam Unigraphics
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Autodesk Inventor
  • Bentley Microstation
  • CimatronE Master
  • CNC Mastercam
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA software
  • data M Software COPRA MetalBender
  • DP Technology ESPRIT
  • JobPack MES Scheduler
  • Kubotek USA KeyCreator
  • Logopress software
  • MAKER CAD/CAM Services DIEMAKER
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Word
  • OPEN MIND Technologies hyperMILL
  • Parametric Technology Pro/ENGINEER software
  • SolidWorks CAD software
  • Striker Systems SS-Die Design
  • Striker Systems SS-Draw Form
  • Striker Systems SS-Strip Design
  • Vero International VISI-Mold
  • Virtual Gibbs CADD/CAM
  • VX Corporation VX Mold & Die


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220