Career as a Tool and Die Maker
History of Tool Making
With the skills and abilities I exhibit, the industrial field is the career path I am interested in pursuing, specifically called tool and die making. Tool making has been going on since the beginning of the Stone Age. Examples of this are tools used for hunting or the invention of the wheel out of stone. Another advancement made towards tool making was made during the Bronze Age, which was the new use of smelting. Smelting led to the creation of making armor and other materials made from metals. These advancements led to Ancient Egyptians inventions, like the ramp. Due to trading between civilizations, this also led to the Middle Age use/building of cannons and other weaponry. After the Middle Ages, the Renaissance period took place, which made it possible to get credited for you inventions like patent laws. After the Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution took place. The Industrial Revolution was the time in which machines started to do the work rather than by hand. An example of this was the invention of the stream engine (Serisier).
The requirement/qualifications of being a tool and die maker requires five main categories: experience, education, knowledge, training, and skills/abilities. A few the requirements under the experience category are the ability of understanding the job/skills required to accomplish the job. For the education standpoint, many people in this career either have three-four years of an apprenticeship or several years of vocational training at a school. However, a few may obtain an associate’s and/or a bachelor’s degree for the job. The third requirement is knowledge of the trade. The knowledge for this job is rather large, like knowing how the machine works (technology), the design of the product, the mathematics behind the work, the production process, and an understanding of the English language. A fourth requirement is training, which is learned on the job/in school. The fifth and final requirement is skills/abilities. The skills needed are complex, problem solving, active listening, good decision making, and operation/control and monitoring. While the abilities required are oral expression/comprehension, sharp vision, visualization, and selective attention (Tool and Die Maker: Job Requirements).
Job Responsibilities /Duties
A tool and die machinist has a wide variety of duties/responsibilities. They range from being able to read/follow the specifications on the design, while being able to test your setups and make corrections, without messing the part up completely and screwing up your past work and having to start over. Before even starting the machine, a machinist must be able to use tools to setup how the drill goes down. After each step is completed, the machinist must inspect the work for quality of work/defects. Also the machinist must be able to create his or her own designs/instructions...