Wire Drawing Die Maker

Lay out, machine, and finish metal, carbide, and diamond parts.
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Salary Range
$32,000 – $70,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Wire Drawing Die Makers do?

Lays out, machines, and finishes metal, carbide, and diamond parts to make and repair wiredrawing dies, analyzing specifications and applying knowledge of metal properties, shop mathematics, and wiredrawing die construction: Studies specifications, such as blueprints, sketches, and standard charts, and visualizes shape of die. Computes die dimensions and plans sequence of operations. Measures, marks, and scribes metal stock to lay out for machining [LAY-OUT WORKER]. Sets up and operates machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, and grinders, to machine die parts [TOOL-MACHINE SET-UP OPERATOR]. Polishes die bores by lapping manually or using die-finishing machines, applying progressively finer grades of diamond dust compound. Inspects die for defects, such as cracks and scratches, using loupe or microscope. Pulls wire or rod through die bore manually or using wiredrawing machine. Measures wire or rod, using measuring instruments such as micrometer, vernier gauge, or protractor, to verify conformance of die bore to specifications. May design and make tools, jigs, and fixtures. May be designated according to type of die made or repaired as Carbide-Die Maker; Diamond-Die Maker.

Should I be a Wire Drawing Die Maker?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Die Maker, Wire Drawing, Die Repairer, Forging

    How to become a Wire Drawing Die Maker

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