Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
Tool and die makers are responsible for fashioning precision tools. The tools that they design will be used to form, shape or cut materials. Tool and die makers also produce dies, which are metal forms used for the shaping of metal while it is being forged. Work from specifications in the form of sketches, models, and blueprints:
· Plans the layout, fabrication and assembly of production machining tooling, such as holding and checking fixtures, machining jigs, forming dies, templates, molds centering and locating devices, inspecting gauges and special machine accessories and attachments.
· Makes tools such as drill jigs. Checks fixtures, and drill plates involving irregular contours and allocating points in more than one plate and fixtures for holding compound angle cuts through plates, multiple purpose fixtures, forming stage dies, molds, quick change chucks, centering and locating devices and special production and inspection tooling.
· Sets up and operates any machine tools as required in the fabrication and in providing of tooling (i.e., lathe, mills, grinders, progressive dies, and simple strike dies.)
· Improvises minimum cost tooling for one-time or rush jobs.
· Designs, builds, fits and assembles components according to assembly blue-prints, manuals, engineering memos, sketches and uses his knowledge of machine construction to construct prototype machinery, using hand tools and power tools.
· Verifies all alignment and tolerances of moving parts, using measuring instruments, such as dial indicators and thickness gauges. Tests operation of assembly by hand.
· Assembles, sets up and operates machine to verify functioning machine capabilities and conformance to specifications.
· May form and fasten piping, fixtures and attachments required to service machine with air, water and oil.
· Performs all set ups without assistance according to blueprint specifications.
· Sets up compound and progressive dies for multiple action, toggle and punch presses when required with no assistance.
· Performs work requiring extreme metal flow, or where operations deviate from standard procedure because of variations in hardness or gauge of metal which involves additional adjustments such as changing the sheet height of press or pressure of the die cushion.
· Complies with all company safety rules and regulations, including the use of company-provided personal protective equipment/supplies, using tools in a safe manner, reporting unsafe conditions or practices to supervisor or the safety committee.