Tool & Die Maker

Tool & Die Maker

Tool and die makers are a class of machinists who use computer-aided design and computer-controlled machinery to make and repair specialized parts such as dies, cutting tools, and gauges.
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Job Outlook 2012-2022*

7% projected growth

 
Education/Training Required

Minimum = High school diploma or equivalent
Preferred = Apprenticeship during or after high school

 
Responsibilities*
  • Read blueprints, sketches, specifications, or CAD and CAM files for making tools and dies
  • Compute and verify dimensions, sizes, shapes, and tolerances of workpieces
  • Set up, operate, and disassemble conventional, manual, and computer-numeric controlled (CNC) machine tools
  • File, grind, and adjust parts so that they fit together properly
  • Test completed tools and dies to ensure that they meet specifications
  • Smooth and polish the surfaces of tools and dies
 
Average Wages in Arkansas**

Annual = $43,670
Hourly = $20.99

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Machinists and Tool and Die Makers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/machinists-and-tool-and-die-makers.htm (visited April 23, 2015).
**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Arkansas, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ar.htm#49-0000 (visited April 23, 2015).