CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

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
Edger
Electronic Die Maker
Fixture Maker
Forcer Maker
Gage Maker
Gauge Maker Apprentice
Hub Cutter
Jig
Jig Bore Tool Maker
Jig Maker
Jig and Fixture Builder
Jig and Fixture Builder Apprentice
Jig and Fixture Repairer
Jigman
Keller Machine Operator
Machinist
Metal Die Finisher
Metal Gauge Maker
Mold 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 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
Toolmaker
Toolsmith
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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