Tool and die makers make, repair and modify custom-made, prototype or special tools, dies, jigs, fixtures and gauges using various metals, alloys and plastics which require precise dimensions. They are employed primarily in manufacturing industries such as automobile, aircraft, metal fabrication, electrical machinery and plastics, and in tool and die, mould making and machine shops. This unit group also includes metal patternmakers and metal mould makers.
Mould or die finishers use a variety of power and hand tools to shape, smooth, finish, and polish moulds or metal working dies. They use math skills to calculate and measure these pieces, and they must be able to read instructions and interpret blueprints. They inspect finished products to make sure the pieces have been [...]