The employee develops and fabricates hand tools, dies, fixtures, and test equipment or other items of complicated design with limited or no instructions. Participates in concurrent engineering / manufacturing by providing input to initial tool designs. Actively contributes to lean initiatives to increase productivity and reduce costs by working with employees in all levels of the business. Routinely works independently with minimum guidance in a team environment.
Key Responsibilities Include:
- Sets up and operates tool room equipment including manual lathes, vertical mills, drill presses, tool grinders, surface grinders, etc. Maintains close and exacting tolerances and finish requirements.
- Selects proper materials and tooling, and proficiently works from own concepts. Performs all machinery operations requiring complicated and unusual set ups, improvising in the absence of established tooling drawings and documentation.
- Applies advanced shop mathematics and knowledgeable of tooling material characteristics.
- Inspects finished products for conformance to dimensional specifications utilizing precision measuring instruments such as, calipers, micrometers, comparators, and complex surface plate (layout) techniques. Ensures equipment is calibrated in accordance with schedule.
- Provides insight and feedback on tool designs and production tooling to prevent/ resolve production issues.
- High school diploma or GED required.
- Must possess a state certification as a journeyman toolmaker or equivalent.
- Ten or more years tool making or direct industry related conventional machining experience in a high technology manufacturing environment.
- Must possess own tools typical of a toolmaker.
- Experience with running and simple programming on CNC mills (Prototrac)