Tool and Die Maker
Introduction
Tool and die makers design, create, repair and test prototypes and production tools such as dies, cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges, and specialty tools using various metals, alloys and plastics. In some jurisdictions, they also build and repair moulds. They produce tooling used to manufacture and stamp out parts and they supply tooling and dies for all manufacturing sectors such as domestic consumer goods, transportation industry, medical, electronics, automotive and aerospace. They lay out, set up, machine, fit and finish metal components. They design and make items to meet exacting standards in dimensions, strength and hardness.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Occupational Health and Safety
Reading
Ability to read workplace safety materials, e.g. read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to understand the chemical composition of solvents and their possible hazards. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write incident reports, e.g. complete incident reports to describe events leading up to accidents. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
 
Tool and Die Making
Reading
Ability to read product descriptions and instructions on work orders and job files, which provide brief details about the function of the product being produced by the tool and die sets. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read trade magazines, brochures and website articles to learn about new products and stay up-to-date on new technology. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to understand written instructions about the set-up and operation of equipment such as computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines and dye spotting presses. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to understand written instructions about the use of software such as Computer Assisted Design (CAD). (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to locate information such as dimensions using basic scale drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to use legends, symbols, colour codes and markings found on technical diagrams and metals. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate data, such as specifications, speeds, feed rates, metal classifications, identification numbers, times and material coefficients, in complex tables, e.g. scan specification tables to determine the material requirements for projects. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to locate dimensions and other features on complex shop drawings to fabricate parts and assemble jigs, tools and dies. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to use interpret and locate data in complex drawings, such as blueprints, e.g. scan complex scale drawings to determine the angle and position of boreholes. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the condition and performance of tools and equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate the severity of product defects by considering factors such as readings and test results. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate work projects by considering factors such as efficiencies, timelines, costs and the quality of work performed. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Digital Technology - Programming and Systems Control
Ability to input data to operate numerically controlled equipment, such as lathes and cutting machines. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Computer Assisted Design
Ability to use computer-assisted design (CAD) software to access, modify and print technical drawings. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
 
General Administrative Duties
Reading
Ability to read short notes in logbooks and forms, e.g. read work orders to learn about delivery deadlines and special instructions. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read short notes on drawings and labels, e.g. read comments on drawings to learn about design changes to products. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read memos, e.g. read memos from supervisors to learn about changes to operating procedures and the status of projects. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read notices and bulletins, e.g. read notices from employers to learn about upcoming meetings and changes to operating procedures. (Complexity: 2)
Document Use
Ability to identify symbols, icons and signs, e.g. scan symbols on equipment to identify safety concerns, such as noise and electrical hazards. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to obtain specific information such as part numbers and marking and defect codes from labels and tags. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read meters and digital readouts, e.g. read digital readouts on numerically controlled equipment to determine settings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to enter and locate data such as part numbers, descriptions, quantities and costs in a variety of forms such as process control and quality control checklists. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to interpret diagnostic flowcharts and decision trees to troubleshoot the cause of defects and nonconformities in tool and die sets. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data such as classifications, times, temperatures and quantities in moderately complex tables. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to complete a variety of forms, e.g. enter data, such as dates, times, quantities and identification numbers, in job cards, work orders and defect reports. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Writing
Ability to write comments in forms, e.g. write comments in defect and non-conformity reports to describe defects and corrective actions taken. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write reminders and short notes, e.g. write short notes to co-workers to inform them about the status of projects. (Complexity: 1)
Thinking
Ability to choose tools, methods and products, e.g. consider project scopes and the availability of materials and labour. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate the severity of equipment faults by considering factors such as readings, noise levels, pressures, temperatures and vibrations. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as a simple instruction or question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
 
Use of Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers. (Complexity: 2)
Fractions
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. (Complexity: 2)
Decimals
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers; add, subtract, multiply and divide signed numbers; complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates; perform proportional calculations. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles; use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to calculate perimeters, areas and circumferences; analyze angles and distances in triangles, rectangles and circles; analyze complex shapes into constituent plane figures. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Solids
Ability to calculate volumes of rectangular solids, cylinders and prisms; analyze complex volumes into constituent regular solids. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Advanced Tasks
Ability to analyze angles and distances in plane figures; calculate areas of other polygons; use theorem to solve problems; calculate areas and volumes of objects such as spheres, pyramids and cones. (Complexity: 2)
Measurement
Ability to measure things such as distances, weights, volumes, temperatures and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Algebra
Ability to construct and solve equations with one to three different variables and use common formulas. (Complexity: 2)
Trigonometry
Ability to use trigonometry to identify and calculate the unknown lengths and angles of triangles. (Complexity: 2)