Tool & Die Maker
The Tool and Die Maker constructs and repairs jigs, fixtures, cutting tools, gauges, or metal dies or molds used in shaping or forming metal or nonmetallic material (e.g., plastic, plaster, rubber, glass). Work typically involves:
- planning and laying out work according to models, blueprints, drawings, or other written or oral specifications
- understanding the working properties of common metals and alloys
- selecting appropriate materials, tools, and processes required to complete task, making necessary shop computations, and setting up and operating various machine tools and related equipment.
Work for someone in this position also involves using various Tool and Die Maker's hand tools and precision measuring instrument, working to very close tolerances, heat-treating metal parts and finished tools and dies to achieve required qualities, and fitting and assembling parts to prescribed tolerances and allowances.
In general, the Tool and Die Maker's work requires rounded training in machine shop and tool room practice usually acquired through formal apprenticeship or equivalent training and experience.
- Higher education to include courses such as blueprint reading, technical drafting, metalworking, or machine tooling. A certificate program from a trade or vocational school is acceptable.
- US Citizen
- Ability to obtain/maintain Public Trust NAC-I Security.
- Two (2) or more years of experience in aviation maintenance
- Two (2) or more years of experience as a tool and die maker.
- Experience with CNC software and programming, determining correct machine setup, understanding blueprints and detail fabrication tolerances, able to evaluate product quality.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
- Possess good communication skills.
- Working knowledge of electrical, electronic, mechanical and associated systems principles to complete properly all probable work tasks.
- Knowledge of Quality Control, Production and Supply procedures required to perform job assignment.
- Able to properly use a variety of common hand tools and measuring devices such as gauges, torque wrenches and scales and test, measurement and diagnostic equipment related to specific aircraft models.
- Must have skill in reading, applying and interpreting technical data.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORK ENVIRONMENT
- Must be able to climb, stand, stoop, bend, stretch, crouch and work in tiring and uncomfortable positions.
- Frequently lift parts and equipment up to 20 pounds.
- Occasionally lift objects up to 50 pounds.
- Most heavy lifting is accomplished through the use of mechanical devices.