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Become A Tool And Die Designer

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Working As A Tool And Die Designer

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Processing Information
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • $50,290

    Average Salary

What Does A Tool And Die Designer Do At Hallmark Total Tech

* Responsible for all aspects of design of Layouts, and Dies for Labels, Inserts/Outserts and Folding Cartons
* Design new Die layouts and all components and tooling required
* Order Dies and all components for all departments
* Creation of production vinyls for printing and die cutting
* Design coating blanket for use in printing (cut in die shop)
* Maintain database of dies and samples
* Follow customer specifications and company packaging guidelines and procedures
* Order all dies and components and working closely with vendors.
* Act as backup to Structural designers when needed

What Does A Tool And Die Designer Do At Denso International America, Inc.

* Interprets and works from drawings, specs, sketches, charts, tables, and as directed by supervision
* Build/repair injection molds, jigs, fixtures, materials, and other equipment
* Maintain work area in a neat, clean and safe condition
* Use manual and CNC milling machines, drill presses, grinders, EDM, EWC, lathes, machining centers, and other shop equipment in a safe and effective manner
* Cooperate with other departments to support internal/external customer needs
* Other duties and responsibilities as assigned including all non-essential or non-major activities
* Description

What Does A Tool And Die Designer Do At Ball Corporation/Ball Aerospace

* Complies with established job safety practices, policies, and procedures as specified in plant and corporate directives for safe performance of the work assignment.
* Supports and follows the guidelines of the food safety system.
* Installs, maintains, and troubleshoots machinery and tooling.
* Ensures that parts and tooling are in accordance with instructions, prints, and work orders.
* May be required to make drawings or sketches of parts to be made or repaired.
* Interprets drawings, calculates, and determines indices, tapers, and other dimensions to be used for part(s), working raw materials into finished dimensions with exact tolerances per print.
* Performs layout work as required.
* Selects, grinds, and adjusts tools, ensuring correct speeds and feed rates of tooling for efficient machining.
* Ensures that parts and tooling are in accordance to precision requirements for both tolerance and finish.
* Sets up and operates machine tools, lathes, Bridgeports, grinders and finishing equipment.
* Performs dismantling, fitting, or assembly work required for maintenance of production equipment.
* Confirms performance of die by installing die; inspecting operation of die; making adjustments; comparing finished product to specifications
* Repairs and maintains all assigned machines and equipment including preventative maintenance.
* Assembles die by smoothing and fitting parts.
* Confirms assembly by verifying dimensions, clearances, and alignment of parts and components accordance with drawing using micrometers, thickness gauges, gauge blocks, dial indicators, Height gauge etc.
* Performs organizational duties including maintaining an organized and clean work area.
* Communicates pertinent information to next shift.
* Performs clean-up, painting, and housekeeping duties.
* Initiates, reviews, and follows all standard operating procedures (SOPs) for area of responsibility.
* Establishes and maintains effective work relationships within the department, the division, the group, and the company.
* Includes ability to handle stress and to interact with others so as to establish and maintain a positive and productive work environment and minimize personal conflicts.
* Required to work scheduled shift per the needs of the plant.
* While the regular work week of this position is usually eight (8) hours per day, Monday through Friday, working hours may vary as specified by management.
* Incumbent must be able to work overtime on a regular basis and/or be on call as directed by management.
* Regular and predictable attendance is required between the assigned start and end times of work.
* Performs duties without posing a direct threat to anyone or to property.
* Direct threat is defined as a significant risk of substantial harm that cannot be eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level by reasonable accommodation.
* Assures and maintains safe and healthful working conditions while enforcing safety rules and regulations.
* Maintains an awareness and complies with hazardous waste management and other environmental management requirements in the workplace by attending scheduled training sessions.
* Communicates with the emergency coordinator (EC) or Environmental Focal Point/Environmental Manager (EFP/EM) regarding environmental management activities.
* Understands and responds effectively to EC directions during emergencies by being familiar with emergency procedures, equipment, and systems, as necessary.
* Implements contingency plan to the level required by the position.
* Understands, completes, and maintains environmental documentation for which the individual is trained, or as directed by the EC, EFP, or EM (i.e., inspections, labeling, record keeping, maintenance of equipment, etc.).
* Reports to the EC, EFP or EM on the status of assigned responsibilities.
* Recognizes waste streams and minimizes waste generation, through prudent use of materials, proper disposal and segregation as directed during training or by the EC, EFP/EM.
* Understands and practices proper accumulation and storage requirements for wastes.
* Complies with environmental regulations when using, dispensing, or handling hazardous and non-hazardous materials and wastes.
* Working knowledge of the following areas: all assigned equipment and products

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How To Become A Tool And Die Designer

There are many different ways to become a machinist or tool and die maker. Machinists train in apprenticeship programs, vocational schools, or community or technical colleges, or on the job. To become a fully trained tool and die maker takes several years of technical instruction and on-the-job training. Good math and problem-solving skills, in addition to familiarity with computer software, are important. A high school diploma or equivalent is necessary.


Machinists and tool and die makers must have a high school diploma or equivalent. In high school, students should take math courses, especially trigonometry and geometry. They also should take courses in blueprint reading, metalworking, and drafting, if available.

Some advanced positions, such as those in the aircraft manufacturing industry, require the use of advanced applied calculus and physics. The increasing use of computer-controlled machinery requires machinists and tool and die makers to have experience using computers before entering a training program.

Some community colleges and technical schools have 2-year programs that train students to become machinists or tool and die makers. These programs usually teach design and blueprint reading, how to use a variety of welding and cutting tools, and the programming and function of computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines.


There are multiple ways for workers to gain competency in the job as a tool or die maker. One common way is through long-term on-the-job training, which lasts 1 year or longer.

Apprenticeship programs, typically sponsored by a manufacturer, provide another way to become a machinist or tool and die maker, but they are often hard to get into. Apprentices usually have a high school diploma or equivalent, and most have taken algebra and trigonometry classes.

Apprenticeship programs often consist of paid shop training and related technical instruction lasting several years. The technical instruction typically is provided in cooperation with local community colleges and vocational–technical schools.

Apprentices usually work 40 hours per week and receive technical instruction during evenings. Trainees often begin as machine operators and gradually take on more difficult assignments. Machinists and tool and die makers must be experienced in using computers to work with CAD/CAM technology, CNC machine tools, and computerized measuring machines. Some machinists become tool and die makers.

A number of machinists and tool and die makers receive their technical training from community and technical colleges. Employees may learn this way while being employed by a manufacturer that supports the employee’s training goals and provides needed on-the-job training as well.

Even after completing a formal training program, tool and die makers still need years of experience to become highly skilled.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

To boost the skill level of machinists and tool and die makers and to create a more uniform standard of competency, a number of training facilities and colleges offer certification programs. The Skills Certification System, for example, is an industry-driven program that aims to align education pathways with career pathways. In addition, journey-level certification is available from state apprenticeship boards after completing an apprenticeship.

Completing a recognized certification program provides machinists and tool and die makers with better job opportunities and helps employers judge the abilities of new hires.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Machinists and tool and die makers must understand highly technical blueprints, models, and specifications so that they can craft precision tools and metal parts. 

Manual dexterity. The work of machinists and tool and die makers must be highly accurate. For example, machining parts may demand accuracy to within .0001 of an inch, a level of accuracy that requires workers’ concentration and dexterity.

Math skills and computer application experience. Workers must have good math skills and be experienced using computers to work with CAD/CAM technology, CNC machine tools, and computerized measuring machines.

Mechanical skills. Machinists and tool and die makers must operate milling machines, lathes, grinders, laser and water cutting machines, wire electrical discharge machines, and other machine tools. They may also use a variety of hand tools and power tools.

Physical stamina. The ability to endure extended periods of standing and performing repetitious movements is important for machinists and tool and die makers.

Technical skills. Machinists and tool and die makers must understand computerized measuring machines and metalworking processes, such as stock removal, chip control, and heat treating and plating.

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Languages Spoken

  • Japanese

  • Dakota

  • Chinese


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Top Tool And Die Designer Skills

  1. Spare Parts
  2. Drill Fixtures
  3. CNC
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Succeeded localizing procurement of Die spare parts from ordering Japan for Local Associates can order and control.
  • Designed drill fixtures, dies, weld fixtures.
  • Apprentice Ship (CNC Cutter Grinder) learning the trade from receiving blanks to finished products.
  • Track and correct Auto-CAD issues with dies as needed.
  • Program and operate EDM, CNC, and conventional machinery for the manufacture of precision tooling and products.

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