Tool and Die Maker

Website Precision Castparts Corporation

Job Highlights

Title Tool and Die Maker
Type Full Time
Experience 1-3 Year
Function Management/Manufacturing
Location Groton, CT, United States
Company Precision Castparts Corporation

Company Profile

Precision Castparts is a market leader in manufacturing large, complex structural investment castings, airfoil castings, forged components, aerostructures, and highly engineered, critical fasteners for aerospace applications. The company also produces airfoil castings for the industrial gas turbine market.

Job Profile

The company is searching for a Tool and Die Maker who will lay out metal stock, set up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to fabricate and repair metalworking dies, cutting tools, jigs and fixtures, gauges, and machinists’ hand tools by performing the following duties.

Education Level

  • Trade School experience in machine trades or a minimum of 1 year of experience as a machinist performing close tolerance machining.

Work Experience

  • Requires 1-3 years of experience, or a combination of work experience and trade school.
  • Educational background should include college algebra or geometry or demonstrate the ability to build and design simple gauges and fixtures as well as to repair and rework all tooling.


  • Ability and knowledge to solve tooling design, rework, and wax press operation problems
  • Able to train toolmakers of lesser skill
  • Assemble machine tools, parts, or fixtures.
  • Calculate the dimensions of workpieces, products, or equipment.
  • Conduct test runs of production equipment.
  • Conduct test runs with completed tools or dies to ensure that parts meet specifications, making adjustments as necessary.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation fabrication or processing.
  • Cut, shape, and trim blanks or blocks to specified lengths or shapes, using power saws, power shears, rules, and hand tools.
  • Demonstrate the ability to organize, instruct, and supervise large tooling programs.
  • Design jigs, fixtures, and templates for use as work aids in the fabrication of parts or products.
  • Design tools, fixtures, or other devices for production equipment.
  • Design tools, fixtures, or other devices for production equipment.
  • Develop and design new tools and dies, using computer-aided design software.
  • Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials.
  • Evaluate quotes to determine cost justification and manufacturing feasibility.
  • Feed materials or products into or through equipment.
  • File, grind, shim, and adjust different parts to properly fit them together.
  • Fit and assemble parts to make, repair, or modify dies, jigs, gauges, and tools, using machine tools and hand tools.
  • Inspect finished dies for smoothness, contour conformity, and defects.
  • Lift, position, and secure machined parts on surface plates or worktables, using hoists, vises, v-blocks, or angle plates.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or work pieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Measure materials to mark reference points, cutting lines, or other indicators.
  • Measure, mark, and scribe metal or plastic stock to lay out machining, using instruments such as protractors, micrometers, scribes, and rulers.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
  • Operate grinding equipment.
  • Operate grinding equipment.
  • Perform cost analysis for rework/repair and select the most efficient and cost-effective solution to the problem.
  • Polish materials, workpieces, or finished products.
  • Possess working knowledge of CAD/CAM programs.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
  • Select metals to be used from a range of metals and alloys, based on properties such as hardness and heat tolerance.
  • Select production input materials.
  • Set up and operate conventional or computer numerically controlled machine tools such as lathes, CNC machines, milling machines, and grinders to cut, bore, grind, or otherwise shape parts to prescribed dimensions and finishes.
  • Set up and operate drill presses to drill and tap holes in parts for assembly.
  • Shape metal workpieces with hammers or other small hand tools.
  • Smooth and polish flat and contoured surfaces of parts or tools, using scrapers, abrasive stones, files, emery cloths, or power grinders.
  • Smooth metal surfaces or edges.
  • Smooth metal surfaces or edges.
  • Study blueprints, sketches, models, or specifications to plan sequences of operations for fabricating tools, dies, or assemblies.
  • Verify dimensions, alignments, and clearances of finished parts for conformance to specifications, using measuring instruments such as calipers, gauge blocks, micrometers, and dial indicators.
  • Visualize and compute dimensions, sizes, shapes, and tolerances of assemblies, based on specifications.
  • Understanding of tooling automation methods and practices.


  • Ability to read blueprints.
  • Must display a willingness to learn on the job and take vocational or educational courses when offered.
  • Must maintain an average production rate at standard, or average, with an acceptable rework rate and scrap rate for the previous 6-month period.
  • Must show the ability to take necessary steps to anticipate problems, or prevent any reoccurrence, of production problems, and must communicate and consult with lead or supervisory personnel. Any suggested changes must be signed off by the supervisor before implementing change.
  • Understand dimensioning and tolerances

Employer’s Statement

Precision Castparts is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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