Details Report for:
51-4111.00 - Tool and Die Makers
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.
Sample of reported job titles: Aircraft Tool Maker, Carbide Tool Die Maker, Die Maker, Jig and Fixture Builder, Jig and Fixture Repairer, Tool and Die Machinist, Tool and Die Maker, Tool Repairer, Toolmaker, Trim Die Maker
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
Tools used in this occupation:
- Adjustable angle plate — Angle plates
- Adjustable widemouth pliers
- Air compressors
- Bandsaw wheel — Vertical bandsaws
- Bench vises — Workshop bench vises
- Blow torch — Acetylene torches
- Boring machines — Boring bars; Horizontal boring mills; Jig bores
- Bridge cranes
- Calipers — Dial calipers; Hermaphrodite calipers; Vernier calipers
- Chucks — Chuck keys
- Claw hammer — Claw hammers
- Cold chisels
- Column and knee milling machine — Knee mills
- Comparators — Optical comparators; Surface finish comparators
- Compasses — Dividers
- Coordinate measuring machines CMM
- Countersink tool or counterbore tool — Counterbores
- Deburring tool — Deburring machines; Deburring tools
- Depth gauges
- Desktop computers
- Dial indicator or dial gauge — Dial indicators
- Direct current DC arc welder — Portable welders
- Drill gauge — Drill point gauges
- Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses; Magnetic drill presses; Radial drill presses; Turret punch presses
- Dust collectors
- Ear plugs
- Engraving machines
- Facial shields — Protective face shields
- Feeler gauges
- Foundry ladles — Furnace ladles
- Gage block set — 1-2-3 blocks; Angle gauge blocks; Gauge blocks; V blocks
- Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Oxyacetylene welding equipment
- Go or no go gauge — Plug gauges
- Goggles — Safety goggles
- Grease guns
- Grinding machines — Profile grinders; Rotary surface grinders
- Grinding wheel dressers — Diamond dressers; Grinding wheel dressing sticks
- Grit blast machines — Grit blasting cabinets
- Hacksaw — Hacksaws
- Hand clamps
- Hand reamer — Hand reamers
- Handheld refractometers or polarimeters — Handheld refractometers
- Hardness testers — Hardness testing devices
- Height gauges — Vernier height gauges
- Hex keys — Allen wrenches
- Hoists — Hoisting equipment
- Hole gauge — Bore gauges
- Honing machine — Honing machines
- Hydraulic press brake — Power press brakes
- Hydraulic press frames — Hydraulic pressing equipment
- Induction heaters — Heat treatment furnaces
- Jacks — Hand jacks
- Knurling tool — Knurling tools
- Laser cutting machine — Laser cutters
- Laser measuring systems — Laser scanner coordinate capturing equipment
- Levels — Precision levels
- Magnifiers — Magnifying glasses
- Manual press brake — Arbor presses
- Masks or accessories — Dust masks
- Metal band sawing machine — Band saws
- Metal broaching machines — Broachers
- Metal inert gas welding machine — Metal inert gas MIG welders
- Metal stamps — Metal markers
- Micrometers — Digital micrometers; Height micrometers
- Monocular microscopes — Toolmaker's microscopes
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Oil can — Oil dispensing cans
- Open die forging press — Die spotting presses
- Optical flats
- Plasma arc welding machine — Plasma arc welding equipment
- Plotter printers — Digital plotters
- Pneumatic grinders — Air grinders
- Pneumatic sanding machines — Air-powered sandblasters
- Power drills — Portable drills
- Power grinders — Bench grinders; Die grinders; Disc grinders; Grinding wheels
- Power sanders — Vertical belt sanders
- Power saws — Abrasive cutoff saws; Cutoff saws
- Precision file — Precision files
- Protractors — Vernier protractors
- Pullers — Bearing pullers
- Punches or nail sets or drifts — Punch sets
- Radius gauge — Radius gauges
- Rivet tools — Riveting tools
- Rulers — Precision rulers; Steel rules
- Safety glasses
- Screwdrivers — Flat blade screwdrivers; Phillips head screwdrivers
- Scribers — Metal scribers
- Sharpening stones or tools or kits — Honing stones
- Shears — Power shears
- Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Shielded arc welding tools; Stick welders
- Sine bar — Compound sine bars
- Spot welding machine — Welders
- Squares — Combination squares; Die maker's squares; Layout squares
- Stamping dies or punches — Stamping presses
- Surface gauge — Surface gauges
- Surface grinding machine — Surface grinding machines
- T handle tap wrenches — T-style tap wrenches
- Tap extractors
- Tape measures — Measuring tapes; Telescoping measuring rods
- Taper pin reamer — Precision tapered reamers
- Telescoping gauge — Telescoping gauges
- Tension testers — Tensile testers
- Tensioners — Turning tools
- Thread counters or gauges — Thread gauges
- Thread pitch gauge — Thread ring gauges
- Threading taps — Tap sets
- Tinners snips — Tin snips
- Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Gap lathes; Gear lathes
- Tube bending machine — Tube benders
- Tungsten inert gas welding machine — Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
- Turning machines — Computerized numerical control CNC turning centers
- Turret lathe — Turret lathes
- Ultrasonic examination equipment — Ultrasonic testing equipment
- Universal milling machine — Combination milling machines
- Vertical machining center — Vertical milling machines
- Vibratory or barrel finishing machine — Vibratory tumblers
- Welder torch — Brazing equipment
- Wire brushes
- Wire cathode electrode discharge machine — Electrical Discharge Machining EDM machines; Wire electrical discharge machines
- Workshop cranes
Technology used in this occupation:
- Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software; Bentley Microstation ; Vero International VISI-Mold; VX Corporation VX Mold & Die (see all 16 examples)
- Computer aided manufacturing CAM software — 1CadCam Unigraphics; CNC Mastercam; OPEN MIND Technologies hyperMILL; Virtual Gibbs CADD/CAM (see all 5 examples)
- Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software — JobPack MES Scheduler
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Project management software — Microsoft Project
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Select production input materials.
- Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
- Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
- Smooth metal surfaces or edges.
- Polish materials, workpieces, or finished products.
- Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
- Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
- Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
- Measure materials to mark reference points, cutting lines, or other indicators.
- Calculate dimensions of workpieces, products, or equipment.
- Operate grinding equipment.
- Operate metal or plastic forming equipment.
- Inspect metal, plastic, or composite products.
- Feed materials or products into or through equipment.
- Lift materials or workpieces using cranes or other lifting equipment.
- Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials.
- Conduct test runs of production equipment.
- Shape metal workpieces with hammers or other small hand tools.
- Assemble machine tools, parts, or fixtures.
- Design tools, fixtures, or other devices for production equipment.
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related Experience||Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, nannies, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|11||High school diploma or equivalent|
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
|17-3029.09||Manufacturing Production Technicians|
|51-4012.00||Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic|
|51-4032.00||Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic|
|51-4035.00||Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic|
|51-4041.00||Machinists Bright Outlook Green|
|51-4061.00||Model Makers, Metal and Plastic|
|51-4062.00||Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic|
|51-4192.00||Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic|
|51-9195.04||Glass Blowers, Molders, Benders, and Finishers|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2015)||$24.18 hourly, $50,290 annual|
|Employment (2014)||78,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Decline (-2% or lower)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||3,800|
|Top industries (2014)||
Manufacturing (94% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Machinists and tool and die makers . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.