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.
- 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.
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START YOUR TRAINING
• Arkansas State University–Newport
• Black River Technical College
• University of Arkansas Hope–Texarkana
• University of Arkansas–Pulaski Technical College
READY TO HIRE YOU
• Central Moloney Inc.
• Pace Industries