Tool Maker

Analyze a variety of specifications and lay out metal stocks.
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Salary Range
$32,000 – $70,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Tool Makers do?

Analyzes variety of specifications, lays out metal stock, sets up and operates machine tools, and fits and assembles parts to fabricate or repair cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges, or machinists’ handtools, applying knowledge of tool design, shop mathematics, metal properties, and layout, machining, and assembly procedures: Studies specifications, such as blueprints, sketches, or tool description, and plans sequence of operations. Measures, marks, and scribes metal stock to lay out workpieces for machining [LAY-OUT WORKER 600.281-018]. Sets up and operates machine tools, such as lathe, milling machine, shaper, and grinder, to machine parts to specifications, and verifies conformance of machined parts to specifications [TOOL-MACHINE SET-UP OPERATOR 601.280-054]. Positions and secures parts on surface plate or worktable, using devices such as vises, V-blocks, and angle plates. Fits and assembles parts into assemblies or mechanisms, using handtools. Verifies dimensions and alignment, using measuring instruments such as micrometers, height gauges, and gauge blocks. Examines standard tools and modifies tools as required. Develops specifications from general descriptions and draws or sketches tool to be fabricated, using drafting tools or computer and software programs. May heattreat tools or parts [HEAT TREATER II 504.682-018]. May be designated according to special materials used as Carbide-Tool Maker; Diamond-Tool Maker. May only repair tools and be designated Tool Repairer.


Should I be a Tool Maker?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.

  • Also known as: Carbide Tool Maker, Jig Bore Tool Maker, Tool Liaison, Tool Maker Apprentice, Tool Mechanic, Tool Salvage Worker See More

    How to become a Tool Maker

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