MEET THE PROFESSION: Tool & Die A Career In Demand

By Arkansas Next on Monday, October 25, 2021

Tool and die makers are a type of machinist who set-up and operate a variety of computer-controlled and mechanically controlled machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments and tools.

Other Responsibilities

  • Tool and die makers construct precision tools or metal forms, called dies, that are used to cut, shape and form metal and other materials.
  • Tool and die makers use computer-aided design (CAD) and blueprints to develop products and parts.
  • Tool and die makers often make many parts and assemble and adjust machines used in the process.

Education needed: A certificate and on-the-job training. Some community colleges and technical schools offer two-year tool and die programs that teach design, blueprint reading, welding and cutting tool use, and the programming and function of CNC machines.

This option is for you if

  • You're detail-oriented
  • You enjoy problem solving
  • You’re an analytical thinker
  • You have good hand-eye coordination

High-end earners (top 10%) make

Median wages in Arkansas
$49,580 Annually
$23.84 Hourly

• Arkansas State University–Newport
• Black River Technical College
• University of Arkansas Hope–Texarkana
• University of Arkansas–Pulaski Technical College

• Central Moloney Inc.
• Hytrol
• Pace Industries

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