Job and Die Setters

Job setters and die setters, also known as setup operators or setup workers, prepare machine tools and production tools for others to use. They set up jigs, fixtures, cutting tools, and stamping tools on machines that are used for the shaping of metal. They also instruct machine tool operators on how to use the machines, and they make minor repairs and adjustments as needed during production. In some smaller companies these employees may also operate the machinery they set up.

Quick Facts
Duties Prepare machine tools and production tools for others to use; set up planers, milling machines, grinders, presses, and other machinery and equipment; train operators and maintain equipment
Alternate Title(s) Setup Operators, Setup Workers
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Poor
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions, with the highest demand in California, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
Related School Subjects
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Three to five years' experience as an operator recommended
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Machine Shop Owner
  • Shop Supervisor
  • Job or Die Setter
  • Machine Operator

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