Profession tool and die maker

Tool and die makers operate a variety of equipment and machinery designed to create metal tools and dies, which are both needed in several areas of manufacturing, and produce these tools in all steps of the production process. They design the tools and dies, then cut and shape them to size and finish them by manually operated machine tools, power tools, hand tools, or programming and tending CNC tool and die making machines.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Mechanical tools

    Understand machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • Machine tools

    The offered machine tools and products, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.

Skills

  • Read standard blueprints

    Read and comprehend standard blueprints, machine, and process drawings.

  • Cut metal products

    Operate cutting and measuring instruments in order to cut/shape pieces of metal into given dimensions.

  • Prepare pieces for joining

    Prepare metal or other material workpieces for joining processes by cleaning the workpieces, checking their measurements with the technical plan and marking on the pieces where they'll be joined.

  • Smooth burred surfaces

    Inspect and smooth burred surfaces of steel and metal parts.

  • Adjust properties of cut

    Adjust cut sizes and depths of cutting tools. Adjust heights of worktables and machine-arms.

  • Operate file for deburring

    Operate various sizes and types of files used for removing burrs from and smoothening the edges of a workpiece.

  • Operate metal polishing equipment

    Operate equipment designed to buff and polish metal workpieces, such as diamond solutions, silicon-made polishing pads, or working wheels with a leather polishing strop, and others.

  • Join metals

    Join together pieces of metal using soldering and welding materials.

  • Maintain edged hand tools

    Identify and repair defects in a hand tool handle or shaft. Ensure the tool is in safe working condition. Identify defective and dull cutting edges in tools and use appropriate equipment to sharpen them. Store tools correctly to maintain condition and usage safety.

  • Apply precision metalworking techniques

    Comply with precision standards specific to an organisation or product in metalworking, involved in processes such as engraving, precise cutting, welding.

  • Operate grinding hand tools

    Operate a variety of hand tools designed for grinding production materials, such as angle grinders, die grinders, grindstones, bench grinders, and others.

Optional knowledge and skills

quality and cycle time optimisation apply polishing lubricants imitation jewellery cad software tend deburring machine remove scale from metal workpiece ferrous metal processing use cam software perform machine maintenance manufacturing of tools metal forming technologies forging processes keep records of work progress program a cnc controller ensure correct metal temperature remove processed workpiece operate precision measuring equipment monitor moving workpiece in a machine remove inadequate workpieces characteristics of precious metals cutting technologies set up the controller of a machine supply machine metal joining technologies types of metal manufacturing processes monitor automated machines adjust temperature gauges deburring processes record production data for quality control monitor gauge supply machine with appropriate tools