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Toolmaker

Tool Makers are highly skilled employees responsible for producing tools and specialized parts and devices used on manufacturing machines in an automotive manufacturing plant. The work requires practical skill and knowledge as a Tool Maker to analyze specifications, lay out metal stock, set up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to make and repair cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges and hand tools. The work may require interpreting specifications, blueprints, manufacturers' manuals, sketches or similar documents. The candidate must have the ability to plan the sequence of operation and materials required according to knowledge of computer technology, such as computer aided design, CAD, or computer aided manufacturing, CAM, to design and create instructions for the manufacture tools. The candidate will be required to test and inspect the tools that are created to ensure that they are true to the original design and function properly. The candidate must have excellent communication skills and the ability to problem solve.
Relocation is not provided for this position.
Basic Qualifications:
High school diploma or equivalent (GED)
Basic knowledge of mathematics, algebra and physics
Eight (8) years of documented experience as a Tool Maker or Tool & Die Maker or a documented and verified U.S. Department of Labor Completion of Apprenticeship Certificate as a Tool Maker or Tool & Die Maker
Experience as a Die Maker or Tool & Die Maker in a manufacturing environment
Ability, with or without reasonable accommodation, to:
Work any shift and work overtime, including daily, weekends and holidays as required
Work from blueprints, drawings, layouts or other specifications to plan sequences of operations for fabricating tools or assemblies
Verify dimensions, alignments and clearances of finished parts for conformance to specifications, using measuring instruments such as calipers, gauge blocks, micrometers and dial indicators
Visualize and compute dimensions, sizes, shapes and tolerances of assemblies, based upon specifications
Set up and operate conventional or computer numerically controlled machine tools such as lathes, milling machines and grinders to cut, bore, grind or otherwise shape parts to prescribed dimensions and finishes
File, grind, shim and adjust different parts to properly fit them together
Fit and assemble parts to make, repair or modify jigs, gauges and tools using machine tools and hand tools
Perform tests with completed tools to ensure that parts meet specifications; make adjustments as necessary
Lift, position and secure machine parts on surface plates or worktables, using hoists, vises, v-blocks or angle plates
Measure, mark and scribe metal or plastic stock to lay out machining, using instruments such as protractors, micrometers, scribes and rulers
Cut, shape and trim blanks or blocks to specified lengths or shapes, using power saws, power shears, rulers and hand tools
Design jigs, fixtures and templates for use as work aids in the fabrication of parts or products
Select materials to be used from a range of metals and alloys, based on properties such as hardness and heat tolerances
Set up and operate drill presses to drill and tap holes in parts for assembly
Perform incidental tasks as required to complete the larger task


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