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Tool & Die Maker

Date: Sep 16, 2019

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Job Functions

Selects, sets up and operates numerous pieces of precision machinery, equipment and fixtures for the purpose of laying out and preparing of fin die blanks; performs die maintenance and repair and performs necessary maintenance of all precision components of the fin presses.

Supports Engineering's needs in the design, fabrication, installation, modification and repair of tooling and fixtures.

Job Duties and Procedures

  • Must be able to perform the duties of the Diaform Grinder.
  • Maintain inventory of tools and materials for operation of Tool Room.
  • Inspection of tools, dies and fixtures that are made by outside vendors.
  • Keep records of all dies.
  • Make tool reports of finished tools.
  • Coordinate work between tool maker and die form grinders.
  • Work with Engineering to understand tooling concepts, requirements, layout, anticipated problems, and tool build load forecast.
  • Support Maintenance when needed.
  • Maintain and overhaul fin presses.
  • Build, sharpen and troubleshoot fin dies.
  • Assist Engineers in estimating time and materials of jobs.
  • Coordinate heat treat process.
  • Try out new tooling and make revisions if needed.
  • If required, prepare tool sketches.
  • Set up and operate precision tools.
  • Perform minor brazing operations.

Machines and Equipment

In addition to the diaform grinder, operates the following machines and equipment:

  • Surface Grinder
  • Abrasive Saw
  • Material Handling Trucks
  • Lathe
  • Wheel Balancer        
  • Mills      
  • Setup Comparator
  • CNC Dresser Head
  • Hand Grinder
  • Vertical and Horizontal Band Saws
  • Radial Arm Drill

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Person should have or should qualify for a five-year state indentured apprenticeship or equivalent.
  • Person should have background in mathematics, mechanical drawing, metallurgy and machine shop practices.
  • Ability to program CNC equipment using ‘G’ and ‘M’ code format
  • Ability to read prints and interpret machining requirements.
  • Ability to maintain machining tolerances of ±.0002.
  • Ability to square up fixturing on table to .0000 over a length of 36".
  • Ability to identify different shapes of truing diamonds and the working condition of the diamond.
  • Must be able to adjust tooling and equipment to tolerance of .000 to .0000.
  • Ability to identify, monitor and compensate for machine expansion changes.
  • Ability to stone and hone a sharp radius on tool steel.
  • Must be able to weld and braze a variety of metals.
  • Must be able to communicate at all levels from shop floor operator to engineer.

Working Conditions

Working conditions may vary from a temperature controlled, isolated environment to areas which are cramped, greasy and poorly lit.  Exposed to sharp edges, high speed cutting tools and oil.  Standing, reaching, bending and lifting 0 to 50 lbs.  When lifting over 50 lbs., two people are required.

Related Duties

The employee who performs this job has responsibility to maintain proper housekeeping in the work area and keep machines in good operating condition.  Is also responsible for safety and quality workmanship and procedures.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this classification.  It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so assigned.

Chart is an equal opportunity employer.

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