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Tool and die making is the industrial art of manufacturing stamping dies, plastics molds, and jigs and fixtures to be used in the mass production of solid objects.

Industry Changes

The tool and die maker trade is increasingly changing. Technology advancements in , automation and laser will further impact the trade in years to come.

A tool and die maker will constantly need to further educate him/her self and to become more adaptable to the ever lasting changes in the manufacturing industry. There is no doubt that tool and die makers are needed for very specific tasks in die building, but some of these tasks are being taken over by technology and automated advancements. Tool and die makers will be needed for more specific production jobs and will be high in demand which will be an excellent high paying career choice. There will always be a need for die building.

Tasks

  • Builds jigs, fixtures and dies
  • Builds prototype
  • Completely builds, assembles, tests and runs dies in the press
  • Heat treats materials
  • Operates drill presses
  • Operates grinders
  • Operates lathes
  • Operates milling machines
  • Operates saws
  • Plans machine operations
  • Reads and interprets blueprints and schematics
  • Tests jigs, fixtures and dies
  • Tests prototypes

Tool and die makers are a class of machinists in the manufacturing industries. They are skilled artisans (craftspeople) who typically learn their trade through a combination of academic coursework and hands-on instruction, with a substantial period of on-the-job training that is functionally an apprenticeship. They make jigs, fixtures, dies, molds, machine tools, cutting tools, gauges, and other tools used in manufacturing processes.