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Toolmaker

Toolmakers make and repair tools, dies, jigs, fixtures and other precision parts and equipment to fine tolerances, for machine tools and other production machinery.

Overview

Toolmakers make and repair tools, dies, jigs, fixtures and other precision parts and equipment to fine tolerances, for machine tools and other production machinery.

Day-to-day

  • studies drawings and specifications to determine dimensions and tolerances of articles to be manufactured and models to be constructed
  • measures and marks out metal stock and castings using various gauges
  • shapes metal and wood stock using machine tools
  • checks accuracy of manufactured articles and finished patterns to fine tolerances, using precision measuring instruments
  • tests and modifies manufactured articles
  • applies protective finishes to patterns and painting pattern sections to indicate method of assembly
  • assembles pattern sections and shapes work pieces to specified finish.

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