SUMMARY: Analyze specifications, lay our 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. Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Work Styles


  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, statistics, and their applications.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. Welding — Knowledge of Tig and Mig welding Tool & Die



  • Oral

Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Speech Clarity — Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Comprehension — Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.       Speech Recognition — Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • Written o Comprehension — Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

       Decision Making/Problem Solving

Deductive Reasoning — Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.   Problem Sensitivity — To tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Inductive Reasoning — Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events.)

Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


  • Time Management – Managing one’s own time and the time of others. Includes organizing, prioritizing and scheduling work assignments.
  • Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.

Tasks and Activities

Occupation Specific Tasks:

  • Conduct test runs with completed tools or dies to ensure that parts meet specifications; make adjustments as necessary. Cut, shape, and trim blanks or blocks to specified lengths or shapes, using power saws, power shears, rules, and hand tools.
  • Design jibs, fixtures, and templates for use as work aids in the fabrication of parts or products.
  • Develop and design new tools and dies, using computer-aided design software.
  • 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, mark, and scribe metal or plastic stock to lay out machining, using instruments such as protractors, micrometers, scribes, and rulers.
  • Select metals to be used from a range of metals and alloys, based on properties such as hardness and heat tolerance.
  • Set pyrometer controls of heat-treating furnaces, and feed or place parts, tools, or assemblies into furnaces to harden.
  • Set up and operate conventional or computer numerically controlled machine tools such as lathes, 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.
  • Smooth and polish flat and contoured surfaces of parts or tools, using scrapers, abrasive stones, files, emery cloths, or power grinders.
  • 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.

Generalized Work Responsibilities:

  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Getting Information – Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • IJpdating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Evaluation Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulation, or standards.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to chose the best solution and solve problems.

Detailed Work Responsibilities:

  • Adjust production equipment/machinery setup
  • Design tools or mechanical devices

Determine tasks needed to complete machined products

  • Examine products or work to verify conformance to specifications
  • Fabricate, assemble, or disassemble manufactured products by hand Identify base metals for welding
  • Install equipment or attachments on machinery or related structures
  • Lay out machining, welding or precision assembly projects
  • Monitor production machinery/equipment operation to detect problems
  • Operate hoist, winch, or hydraulic boom
  • Operate metal fabricating equipment/machinery
  • Perform safety inspections in manufacturing or industrial setting
  • Read blueprints
  • Read specifications
  • Read technical drawings
  • Recognize characteristics of alloys
  • Recognize characteristics of metals
  • Set up and operate variety of machine tools Set up computer numerical control machines
  • Understand machine setup instructions
  • Understand technical operating, service or repair manuals

Use arc welding equipment

  • Use hand or power tools
  • Use machining practices
  • Use non-destructive test equipment
  • Use precision measuring tools or equipment
  • Weld together metal parts, components, or structures

Education, Training and Experience

  • High School diploma or GED Work Keys — Level 4
  • Long-term on-the-job training

Needs to be Tech 2 level: Starting rate: $21.70

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