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

  • Types of metal

    Qualities, specifications, applications and reactions to different fabricating processes of various types of metal, such as steel, aluminium, brass, copper and others.

  • Quality standards

    The national and international requirements, specifications and guidelines to ensure that products, services and processes are of good quality and fit for purpose.

  • Dies

    The qualities and applications of various kinds of dies, the different components of a die (such as the die block, punch plate, pierce punch and others) and the types of die used in specialised manufacturing processes ( such as extrusion dies, drawing dies, forming dies, cutting dies, compound dies, and others).

  • Machine tools

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

  • Mechanical tools

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

Skills

  • Perform test run

    Perform tests putting a system, machine, tool or other equipment through a series of actions under actual operating conditions in order to assess its reliability and suitability to realise its tasks, and adjust settings accordingly.

  • Consult technical resources

    Read and interpret such technical resources such as digital or paper drawings and adjustment data in order to properly set up a machine or working tool, or to assemble mechanical equipment.

  • Cut metal products

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Smooth burred surfaces

    Inspect and smooth burred surfaces of steel and metal parts.

  • 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.

  • Perform product testing

    Test processed workpieces or products for basic faults.

  • Join metals

    Join together pieces of metal using soldering and welding materials.

  • Adjust properties of cut

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

  • Read standard blueprints

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

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

    Wear relevant and necessary protective gear, such as protective goggles or other eye protection, hard hats, safety gloves.

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ensure equipment availability

    Ensure that the necessary equipment is provided, ready and available for use before start of procedures.

Optional knowledge and skills

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

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