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 (devices that hold metal while it is shaped, stamped or drilled), gauges, and machinist’s hand tools. Die makers construct metal forms (dies) to shape metal in stamping and forging operations.
Tool and die makers usually work in toolrooms. These areas are quieter than the production floor because there are fewer machines in use at one time. They wear protective equipment, such as safety glasses, to shield against bits of flying metal and earplugs to protect against noise. They spend much of the day on their feet and may do moderately heavy lifting.
Class work training usually consists of mathematics, mechanical drawing, tool designing, tool programming, and blueprint reading.
Text provided by State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards