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Tool And Die Maker

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Tool Room
Benchmark Title: Tool And Die Maker
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. 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.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Tool Room
Benchmark Title: Tool And Die Maker
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Tool Room
Benchmark Title: Tool And Die Maker
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Tool Room
Benchmark Title: Tool And Die Maker
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Tool Room
Benchmark Title: Tool And Die Maker
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
1CadCam Unigraphics Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
Autodesk Inventor Computer aided design CAD software
Bentley Microstation Computer aided design CAD software
CNC Mastercam Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
CimatronE Master Computer aided design CAD software
DP Technology ESPRIT Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
Dassault Systemes CATIA software Computer aided design CAD software
JobPack MES Scheduler Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
Kubotek USA KeyCreator Computer aided design CAD software
Logopress software Computer aided design CAD software
MAKER CAD/CAM Services DIEMAKER Computer aided design CAD software
Microsoft Project Project management software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
OPEN MIND Technologies hyperMILL Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
Parametric Technology Pro/ENGINEER software Computer aided design CAD software
SolidWorks CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
Striker Systems SS-Die Design Computer aided design CAD software
Striker Systems SS-Draw Form Computer aided design CAD software
Striker Systems SS-Strip Design Computer aided design CAD software
VX Corporation VX Mold & Die Computer aided design CAD software
Vero International VISI-Mold Computer aided design CAD software
Virtual Gibbs CADD/CAM Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
data M Software COPRA MetalBender Computer aided design CAD software
1-2-3 blocks Holding fixtures
Abrasive cutoff saws Power saws
Acetylene torches Blow torches
Adjustable widemouth pliers Adjustable widemouth pliers
Air compressors Air compressors
Air grinders Pneumatic grinders
Air-powered sandblasters Pneumatic sanding machines
Allen wrenches Hex keys
Angle gauge blocks Gage block set
Angle plates Gauges or inspection fixtures
Arbor presses Workshop presses
Arc welders Welders
Band saws Power saws
Bearing pullers Pullers
Bench grinders Power grinders
Bore gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
Boring bars Boring tools
Brazing equipment Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
Bridge cranes Bridge cranes
Broachers Broaching tools
Chuck keys Chucks
Claw hammers Hammers
Cold chisels Cold chisels
Combination milling machines Milling cutters
Combination squares Squares
Compound sine bars Gauges or inspection fixtures
Computerized numerical control CNC turning centers Turning machines
Coordinate measuring machines CMM Coordinate measuring machines CMM
Counterbores Counterbores
Countersinks Countersinks
Cutoff saws Power saws
Deburring machines Deburring equipment
Deburring tools Deburring equipment
Depth gauges Depth gauges
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Dial calipers Calipers
Dial indicators Gauges or inspection fixtures
Diamond dressers Grinding wheel dressers
Die grinders Power grinders
Die maker's squares Squares
Die spotting presses Workshop presses
Digital micrometers Micrometers
Digital plotters Plotter printers
Disc grinders Power grinders
Dividers Compasses
Drill point gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
Drill presses Workshop presses
Drilling machines Power drills
Dust collectors Dust collectors
Dust masks Masks or accessories
Ear plugs Ear plugs
Electrical Discharge Machining EDM machines Wire cathode electrode discharge machine
Engraving machines Engraving machines
Feeler gauges Feeler gauges
Flat blade screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Forklifts Forklifts
Furnace ladles Foundry ladles
Gap lathes Lathes
Gauge blocks Gage block set
Gear lathes Lathes
Grease guns Grease guns
Grinding wheel dressing sticks Grinding wheel dressers
Grinding wheels Power grinders
Grit blasting cabinets Grit blast machines
Hacksaws Saws
Hand clamps Hand clamps
Hand files Files
Hand jacks Jacks
Hand reamers Reamers
Handheld refractometers Handheld refractometers or polarimeters
Hardness testing devices Hardness testers
Heat treatment furnaces Induction heaters
Height micrometers Micrometers
Hermaphrodite calipers Calipers
Hoisting equipment Hoists
Honing machines Resurfacers
Honing stones Sharpening stones or tools or kits
Horizontal boring mills Boring tools
Hydraulic pressing equipment Hydraulic press frames
Jig bores Boring tools
Knee mills Milling cutters
Knurling tools Lathe tools or dies
Laptop computers Notebook computers
Laser cutters Laser cutting tools
Laser scanner coordinate capturing equipment Laser measuring systems
Layout squares Squares
Loupes Loupes
Magnetic drill presses Workshop presses
Magnifying glasses Magnifiers
Mallets Mallets
Measuring tapes Tape measures
Metal inert gas MIG welders Metal inert gas MIG welding machinery
Metal markers Metal stamps
Metal scribers Scribers
Oil dispensing cans Oil can
Optical comparators Comparators
Optical flats Gauges or inspection fixtures
Oxyacetylene welding equipment Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
Phillips head screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Plasma arc welding equipment Plasma welding machinery
Plug gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
Portable drills Power drills
Portable welders Welders
Power grinders Power grinders
Power shears Shears
Precision levels Levels
Precision rulers Rulers
Precision tapered reamers Reamers
Press brakes Workshop presses
Profile grinders Grinding machines
Protective face shields Facial shields
Protractors Protractors
Punch sets Punches or nail sets or drifts
Radial drill presses Workshop presses
Radius gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
Rasps Rasps
Riveting tools Rivet tools
Rotary surface grinders Grinding machines
Safety glasses Safety glasses
Safety goggles Goggles
Stamping presses Stamping dies or punches
Steel rules Rulers
Stick welders Welders
Surface finish comparators Comparators
Surface gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
Surface grinders Power grinders
T-style tap wrenches T handle tap wrenches
Tap extractors Tap extractors
Taps and dies Taps or dies
Telescoping gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
Telescoping measuring rods Tape measures
Tensile testers Tension testers
Thread gauges Thread counters or gauges
Thread ring gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
Tin snips Tinners snips
Tongs Tongs
Toolmaker's microscopes Monocular microscopes
Tube benders Tube bending machinery
Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment Tungsten inert gas TIG welding machinery
Turning tools Tensioners
Turret lathes Lathes
Turret punch presses Workshop presses
Ultrasonic testing equipment Ultrasonic examination equipment
V blocks Gage block set
Vernier calipers Calipers
Vernier height gauges Height gauges
Vernier protractors Protractors
Vertical bandsaws Bandsaw wheel
Vertical belt sanders Power sanders
Vertical milling machines Milling machines
Vibratory tumblers Deburring equipment
Welders Welders
Wire brushes Wire brushes
Wire electrical discharge machines Wire cathode electrode discharge machine
Workshop bench vises Bench vises
Workshop cranes Workshop cranes
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Tool Room
Benchmark Title: Tool And Die Maker
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)
Related Work Experience Over 4 years, up to and including 6 years
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
On-the-Job Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Tool Room
Benchmark Title: Tool And Die Maker
Alternate Job Title(s)
Bench Tool Maker
Broach Setter
Cam Maker
Carbide Operator
Carbide Tool Maker
Die Assembler
Die Baker
Die Cutter
Die Cutter Apprentice
Die Finisher
Die Maker
Die Maker Apprentice
Die Mechanic
Die Set Up Worker
Die Sinker
Die Sinker Apprentice
Die Trouble Shooter
Die Try Out Worker
Die-Casting and Plastic Molding Mold Maker
Electronic Die Maker
Fixture Maker
Forcer Maker
Gage Maker
Gauge Maker Apprentice
Hub Cutter
Jig Bore Tool Maker
Jig Maker
Jig and Fixture Builder
Jig and Fixture Builder Apprentice
Jig and Fixture Repairer
Keller Machine Operator
Metal Die Finisher
Metal Gauge Maker
Mold Maker
Plastic Die Maker Apprentice
Plastic Fixture Builder
Plastic Tool Maker
Saw Maker
Stamping Bench Die Maker
Stamping Die Maker
Stamping Die Try-Out Worker
Tap and Die Maker Technician
Template Layout Worker
Tool Liaison
Tool Maker
Tool Maker Apprentice
Tool Mechanic
Tool Repairer
Tool Salvage Worker
Tool Setter Apprentice
Tool Trouble Shooter
Tool and Die Assembler
Tool and Die Machinist
Tool and Die Maker
Tool and Die Maker Apprentice
Trim Die Maker
Wire Drawing Die Maker
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Tool Room
Benchmark Title: Tool And Die Maker
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