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Tool, Die or Gauge Maker

Industry: Manufacturing
Area: Operations

Plan, construct, alter and repair a wide variety of complex tools, and/or dies, jigs, fixtures and gauges to very close tolerances. Includes compound, progressive and deep draw dies. Perform development work, difficult tool room machine operations; do skilled fitting, timing, and adjusting. Determine metal flow in dies, make tool try- outs, diagnose and correct trouble.

Work Settings

Manufacturing floor or tool room setting. The average workweek is 40 hours. Shift work and overtime is common. Many manufacturers operate 24 hours/day.


High school diploma or GED; technical education and 4 years job related experience

Job Outlook

See US Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook ( for latest information


Average hourly earnings in CNY in 2005 were $25.20/hour.

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