Tool and Die Maker
Under minimal supervision, specializes in the construction, repair, maintenance, of progressive stamping dies, machine shop tools, jigs, fixtures, and instruments. Operates various machine tools and performs other highly skilled work such as laying out, fitting, and assembling parts. May involve considerable development work, fitting timing and adjusting. Also construct tools where no design is available. Works to exacting critical tolerances.
Plans the layout, fabrication, and assembly of production machining tooling, such as holding and checking fixtures, machining jigs, progressive dies, templates, production, and inspection gauges and special machine accessories and attachments.
Works from tool design drawings, sketches, part or part print, or verbal information as the purpose or function of tooling. Supplies information lacking on the design, print or sketch.
Makes determinations as to tooling materials most suited, material processing required, type of tool construction, reference and coordination points which must be held, lay out machining, assembly, finish and tolerances required.
Lays out details of tool preparatory to machine or other tool fabrication operations required.
Makes such tools as drill jigs, checking fixtures, and drill plates involving irregular contours and locating points in more than one plane, fixtures for holding compound angle cuts to true planes, multiple purpose fixtures, progressive stamping dies, quick change chucks, centering and locating devices and special production and inspection tooling.
Knowledge and Skills:
Ability to plan the construction of tooling, working from tool design, part or part print or functional information.
Familiar with the general composition of tooling steels, machinability of metals, effect of heat treat on basic and special purpose tool room machines.
Knowledge of machine shop theory and practice.
Ability to set up and operate basic and special purpose tool room machines.
Capability to do hand and machine work to precise tolerances.
Ability to operate conventional mills, lathes, surface grinders or CNC lathe, and mills
Knowledge of tool steels A-2, D-2, 4130, 4340.
3 to 10 years experience build and repair progressive metal stamping dies, hand size automotive structural metal welded parts, miscellaneous jigs and fixtures
High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or minimum six months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.