Tool and Die Setter


Tool and die setters set up and adjust machine tools and production machines, such as automatic lathes or multiple-operation machines.

Duties & Tasks

Tool and die setters may perform the following tasks:

  • study job cards, drawings or other instructions and determine the sequence of machine operation
  • set up the cutting or shaping tools or dies needed in machines or presses for precision work
  • measure and mark reference points and fix work pieces, position and fasten cutting tools, and adjust machine trowels using basic hand tools such as spanners, allen keys and screwdrivers
  • adjust the guides, stops and other controls of machines to ensure stock is machined to the sizes required
  • trial machines, make adjustments as required, advise or instruct operators and watch the first operations
  • periodically check product sizes and report any problems or readjust machines using measuring instruments.

Working Conditions

A tool and die setter is usually responsible for setting up and running a number of machines in a factory or workshop. These machines are then operated by other workers, usually in situations where large-scale production techniques are used. Tool and die setters work in factories and workshops, which can be noisy at times, although the work environment is generally spacious, ventilated and well lit. They wear protective clothing and may be required to stand for long periods.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy practical work
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • patient
  • able to carry out accurate work
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • alert and safety-conscious
  • aptitude for technical activities.

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