Tool and Model Maker

Website S&C Electric Company

Job Highlights

Title Tool and Model Maker
Type Full Time
Experience Required
Function Management/Manufacturing
Location Chicago, IL, United States
Company S&C Electric Company

Company Profile

S&C Electric Company is a leading provider of switching, protection, and control solutions for electric power systems. The company’s mission is to continually develop new solutions for electricity delivery, fostering the improved efficiency and reliability required for the intelligent grid.

Job Profile

The company is hiring a Tool and Model Maker who will troubleshoot complex failures by utilizing 2D drawings, blueprints, and 3D models to operate manual and CNC machine tools, such as lathes, punch drills, and grinders to craft and fix stamping/forming dies, molds, fixtures, gauges, and other parts to exact specifications & tolerances.

Responsible for utilizing CNC to model and evaluate parts and to create standard setup and work instructions for the team.

Education Level

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Completion of a formal apprenticeship program in tool and die making or equivalent experience.

Work Experience

  • 10+ years of experience as a Tool, Die, and Mold Maker in a manufacturing setting, including experience in machining and stamping aluminum and multi-angle complex forming
  • 2+ years of previous experience with electronic drawings such as AutoCAD, Pro-E, or Solid Works and the ability to modify existing drawings
  • Expert knowledge of techniques for troubleshooting in machining, including lathes, saws, drill presses, milling, turning, grinding, and CNC operation
  • Demonstrated experience in using CAD software, including Gibb scam CAD/CAM, NX CAM software


  • Compute dimensions, plan layouts, and establish the sequence of operations. Measure and mark out materials and castings using various precision measuring instruments to confirm that each part conforms to exact specifications and gives accurate time estimates of repairs
  • Develops and writes concise technical documents, including set-up procedures, work instructions, and troubleshooting procedures
  • Identify continuous improvement opportunities and work in a self-directed manner to implement projects and optimize production processes
  • Interpret 2D drawings, blueprints, and 3D models to visualize outputs, determine materials required, CNC programming requirements, and machines to be used to fabricate parts
  • Mentors basic and intermediate-level team members in the completion of their work to help their professional growth
  • Operate conventional or CNC machine shop equipment such as lathes, milling machines, and grinders, and wire EDM Inspect tooling for production readiness
  • Read and understand complex blueprints, sketches, models, program and operate CNC machines to repair or fabricate tools and dies
  • Record work and repair history of tooling in the electronic maintenance system
  • Troubleshoot, produce, fit, and repair various types of complex fixtures, dies, gages, tools, etc.
  • Understand and comply with all applicable Company policies and rules
  • Use CNC and various other programs to evaluate and model parts, including complex free-form part creating based on 3D profiles and utilizing Esprit to blend multiple freeform features and determine inspection information
  • Use machine tools and hand tools to use and assemble parts for dies, fixtures, jigs, gauges, and tools to make, repair, or modify them


  • Ability to build and troubleshoot highly complex types of tools, including stamping/forming dies, molds, fixtures, gages, and assembly tooling, occasionally produced using custom cutting tooling
  • Ability to design and make your small fixtures and jigs for machining operations
  • Ability to use and apply shop mathematics, including basic geometry, basic trigonometry, and Machinery’s Handbook formulas as required to complete assignments
  • Ability to use hand tools, power tools, and precision measuring instruments
  • Proficiency in reading engineering drawings and schematics
  • Proficiency with failure analysis, reliability studies, and performance enhancements
  • Strong attention to detail with the ability to accurately solve problems and determine solutions for various types of tooling issues
  • Strong communication skills to collaborate effectively with colleagues from different departments, including communicating technical status to the engineering or operations team
  • Work independently, meet productivity and due date requirements of assignments, and ingenuity to analyze and resolve problems
  • Work independently, meet productivity and due date requirements of assignments, and ingenuity to analyze and resolve problems

Preferred Qualifications

  • General inspection knowledge and experience with Esprit
  • General knowledge of blueprinting, geometry, and trigonometry
  • Knowledge of Lean and Continuous Improvement principles


  • The company offers broad opportunities for advancement, excellent education and training programs, a challenging work environment, and a strong package of pay and benefits.

Employer’s Statement

S&C Electric Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The company considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or marital status.

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