Bench Tool Maker

Lay out, fit, and assemble parts to make and repair tools.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$32,000 – $70,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Bench Tool Makers do?

Lays out, fits, and assembles parts to make and repair cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges, or machinists’ handtools, analyzing specifications according to knowledge of tool designs, shop mathematics, machining, and layout and assembly procedures: Studies blueprint to determine machining to be done and plans layout and assembly. Measures, marks, and scribes metal stock to lay out for machining by other workers [LAY-OUT WORKER 600.281-018]. Operates drill press to drill and tap holes in parts [DRILL-PRESS SET-UP OPERATOR, SINGLE SPINDLE 606.682-018]. Smooths and scrapes parts to fit, using handtools such as files and scrapers. Positions and secures parts on surface plate with devices such as V-blocks, vises, and angle plates. Assembles parts into product, using tools such as wrenches, hammers, and tweezers, and verifies dimensions and alignments, using measuring instruments such as micrometers, height gauges, and gauge blocks. May set up and operate surface grinder [GRINDER OPERATOR, SURFACE, TOOL 603.280-014] to grind surface of parts. May test assembled mechanism. May be designated according to specialized function as Tool Repairer, Bench; or according to product made as Gauge Maker; Jig-And-Fixture Maker.


Should I be a Bench Tool Maker?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Tool Maker, Bench, Tool Repairer, Bench

    How to become a Bench Tool Maker

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