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What is a Tool and Die Maker?

Tool & Die Maker Example 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.

List of Tool & Die Maker Job Duties

  • Develop and design new tools and dies, using computer-aided design software.
  • Conduct test runs with completed tools or dies to ensure that parts meet specifications, making adjustments as necessary.
  • Set up and operate conventional or computer numerically controlled machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, or grinders to cut, bore, grind, or otherwise shape parts to prescribed dimensions and finishes.
  • Fit and assemble parts to make, repair, or modify dies, jigs, gauges, and tools, using machine tools and hand tools.
  • Set pyrometer controls of heat-treating furnaces and feed or place parts, tools, or assemblies into furnaces to harden.
  • Select metals to be used from a range of metals and alloys, based on properties such as hardness or heat tolerance.

Tool & Die Maker Skills

Below is a list of the skills most Tool and Die Makers say are important on the job.

Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Equipment Selection: Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Other Tool & Die Maker Job Titles

  • Stamping Die Maker
  • Die Set Up Worker
  • Tool Maker Apprentice
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Metal Gauge Maker

Job Outlook for Tool and Die Makers

There were about 72,500 jobs for Tool and Die Maker in 2016 (in the United States). There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Tool and Die Maker. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 6,000 job openings in this field each year.

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The states with the most job growth for Tool & Die Maker are North Dakota, Idaho, and Utah. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, Maine, or Kansas. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Tool & Die Maker Average Salary

The salary for Tool and Die Makers ranges between about $32,660 and $76,900 a year.

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Tool and Die Makers who work in Connecticut, Kansas, or Oregon, make the highest salaries.

How much do Tool and Die Makers make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $52,400
Arizona $53,270
Arkansas $44,000
California $57,190
Colorado $49,140
Connecticut $63,660
Florida $49,030
Georgia $50,680
Idaho $48,360
Illinois $53,730
Indiana $52,740
Iowa $49,690
Kansas $62,240
Kentucky $56,600
Louisiana $42,970
Maine $56,360
Maryland $56,770
Massachusetts $54,360
Michigan $53,220
Minnesota $58,380
Mississippi $46,480
Missouri $54,420
Nebraska $51,250
Nevada $57,790
New Hampshire $54,160
New Jersey $55,680
New York $53,290
North Carolina $49,780
North Dakota $55,680
Ohio $51,560
Oklahoma $57,860
Oregon $61,890
Pennsylvania $50,690
Rhode Island $52,340
South Carolina $52,440
South Dakota $42,460
Tennessee $46,490
Texas $50,340
Utah $55,510
Vermont $54,840
Virginia $53,770
West Virginia $55,580
Wisconsin $50,050

Tools & Technologies Used by Tool and Die Makers

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Tool and Die Makers:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • SAP
  • Microsoft Project
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA
  • Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS
  • Bentley Microstation
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • Autodesk Inventor
  • 1CadCam Unigraphics
  • CNC Mastercam
  • DP Technology ESPRIT
  • Virtual Gibbs CADD/CAM

How to Become a Tool & Die Maker

Are there Tool and Die Makers education requirements?

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Where Tool and Die Makers Work

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Tool and Die Makers work in the following industries:

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