Precision Metalworkers

Precision metalworkers are skilled crafts workers who produce the tools, dies, molds, cutting devices, and guiding and holding devices used in the mass production of a variety of products. Tool makers produce precision tools for cutting, shaping, and forming metal and other materials. They also produce jigs and fixtures—the devices for holding the tools and metal while it is being worked—and various gauges and other measuring devices. Die makers make precision metal forms, or dies, used in stamping and forging metal. Mold makers design and make metal molds for molding plastics, ceramics, and composite materials. In some cases, the term tool and die maker is used generically, referring to any or all of these job categories.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Moldmakers, Tool and Die Makers
Duties Read blueprints for making new parts; determine how the parts should be made; operate precision parts to manufacture the parts; and use computer-aided design and other computer programs in their work
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Any geographic location
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Skills
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Shop Owner
  • Inspector
  • Supervisor
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Apprentice Metalworker

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