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) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Poor
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) There are opportunities for these workers in nearly every state in the United States. However, more opportunities are available in California, Texas, the upper Midwest and mid-Atlantic states, and Alabama.
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
Related School Subjects
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience No previous experience as a job or die setter required.
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification None
Career Ladder
  • job or die setter
  • shop supervisor
  • tool designer
  • machine shop owner