Die Makers

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Die Makers

Die Makers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, tool and die makers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of job-required social contact.
  • Communicate with others mostly by face-to-face discussions. They also talk with others on the telephone, but less often.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of others in the shop.
  • Are responsible for the work done by others.
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  • May work as part of a team of tool and die workers.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always work indoors.
  • Are exposed to contaminants on a daily basis.
  • Always wear protective equipment, such as safety glasses, earplugs, gloves, and masks.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous equipment and situations that might produce cuts or scrapes.
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  • Work near others, sometimes within a few feet.
  • Are sometimes exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable.
  • May travel to or around work places in an open vehicle.

Work Performance

  • Must be very exact in their work. Items may require precision drilling to one ten-thousandth of an inch. Oversights could cause injuries or poor workmanship.
  • Work in a competitive atmosphere where weekly deadlines must be met.
  • Make decisions that affect the outcome of projects on a weekly basis. They make most decisions without consulting a supervisor.
  • Set most of their daily tasks and goals without discussing them with a supervisor first.
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  • Repeat the same physical activities.
  • Must sometimes keep pace with the speed of equipment.


  • Often work a regular 40-hour week. However, as the cost of new machinery has increased, many employers now have more than one shift.
  • May work overtime and weekends, especially during peak production periods.
  • Generally work an established schedule.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.