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Tool and Die Makers

Job Information

Analyze specifications, lay out metal stock, set up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to make and repair dies, cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges, and machinists' hand tools.


  • Tool and die makers are one of the highest paid and most highly skilled production occupations.
  • Most tool and die makers need 4 or 5 years of classroom instruction and on-the-job training to become fully qualified.
  • Employment is projected to decline moderately, but job opportunities should be excellent, as many employers report difficulty finding qualified applicants.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $46,650/yr ($23.33/hr)
Job Outlook Below Average
Education Some college, no degree