Tool and die makers analyze specifications and the layout of metal stock, set up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to fabricate and repair metalworking dies. They use cutting tools, gauges, and machinists´ hand tools and apply knowledge of tool and die design and construction, shop mathematics, metal properties, layout, machining and assembly procedures. They study specifications such as blueprints, sketches, models or descriptions, and determine the materials and machines required to fabricate parts. Tool and die makers compute dimensions, plan layouts, and determine assembly methods and sequence of operations. They set up and operate a variety of machine tools such as shapers, vertical turret lathes and engine lathes.
Work is usually performed indoors in a shop atmosphere around a variety of equipment. Tool and die makers work around resins, adhesives and fiber particles.
Some apprenticeship committees under this program have statewide jurisdiction; however, opportunities may be limited in different geographical locations. Local apprenticeship committees may have opportunities available only to current employees.
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