Tool and die setters set up and adjust machine tools and production machines, such as automatic lathes or multiple-operation machines.
To become a tool and die setter you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in Engineering - Mechanical Trade. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Tool and die setters may perform the following tasks:
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.
Tool and die setters are mainly employed in organisations that manufacture plastic products, industrial machinery and equipment, fabricated metal products, basic iron and steel, motor vehicles and parts, household appliances and electrical equipment.