Tool and Die Maker
Collaborate with Engineers to make new tools and their molds.
Fabricates patterns, fixtures, jigs, and templates, used in producing plastic articles, from wood or metal stock, following blueprints and using handtools, power tools, and measuring instruments: Lays out cutting lines on stock, using scribe, compass, rule, triangles, and French curves. Cuts stock, using power saw, power shear, and handtools. Assembles pieces, using rivets, bolts, nails, or glue. Smooths surface of assembly, using plane and power sander. Verifies dimensions of assembly, using calipers, rule, and compass. Sprays coat of parting agent, such as sealing lacquer or wax on surface of assembly. May cover pattern with plastic-impregnated fabric to make preforms. May remove preform from pattern when plastic has cured, using airhose.