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Tool Maker


Maize, KS

Job Summary

We are seeking an individual for the position of Tool Maker. This position is responsible for the repair, maintenance and improvement to all tooling dies, jigs, fixtures and fittings for press tools, CNC equipment in line with production and customer requirements to support business objectives. Support new tooling for new product introductions to ensure the robustness of product builds. Work on many phases or sub-tasks of projects or entire projects of moderate complexity, with results impacting on project completion. Work under general supervision, reviewed at project milestones and/or on completion by Senior Management.


  • Repair and maintain press tools, die repairs
  • Routine servicing and regrinding of tools
  • Attend breakdowns, identify fault and problem solve at the press with minimal downtime to aid production
  • Evaluate each job and determine if it can be repaired in press or must be removed to Tool Room for essential maintenance and repair work
  • Estimate length of time required to complete a job and likely consequences of failure to complete work within required timescales
  • Identify and escalate any activity that has the potential to cause harm or damage
  • Report breakdown root causes, equipment faults and concerns to management
  • Ensure all work is undertaken to a high quality standard and adheres to all quality standard regulations
  • Ensure company targets are met in respect of quality of parts produced
  • Identify spares requirements and log usage
  • Take ownership of smaller less complex specific tool suite to develop and maintain performance with minimal supervision
  • Operate Forklift Truck and lifting equipment
  • Support new project tooling from commissioning stages through to start of production
  • Assist in tooling buyoffs and trials
  • Manufacture new tooling and ancillary spares to support production activity and customer deadlines
  • Document and update die history and other work records
  • Carry out Planned Preventative Maintenance
  • Carry out engineering level changes to tools and modifications
  • Test and confirm electrical and hydraulic/pneumatic operation of tools before return to production
  • Maintain the highest standards of workmanship at all times
  • Record all relevant data in relation to tooling and record on the Tool Room database
  • Be actively involved in improvement activities to support the achievement of departmental and company objectives
  • Ensure risk assessments are available, read and understood for each activity undertaken
  • Understand and operate within basic cost/budget measures for tooling
  • Work within 5S (Sort, Set In Order, Shine, Standardize, Sustain) methodology to maintain workplace to a high standard
  • Ensure all personal protective equipment is identified, always available, correctly used and all associated problems are reported to management
  • Ensure all lost time, minor and trivial accidents are reported
  • Promote environmental issues and ensure all company procedures are understood and followed
  • Keep up with current and developing manufacturing and engineering trends regarding tool making
  • Undertake special projects as required
  • Quality control of work by appropriate reviews
  • Conduct benchmarking studies to determine best practices/designs and future trends
  • Plan projects or subtasks so they may be tracked and presented
  • Attend various meetings and action/communicate instructions
  • Undertake continuous training and development
  • Perform root cause analysis and resolve problems
  • Independently determine approach and assigned tasks


  • 1 to 3 years in a manufacturing setting as a Tool Maker
  • Demonstrated math and analytical skills
  • Skilled in CAD/CAM
  • Practical hands-on approach to problem solving
  • Experience of working to tight production targets
  • Understanding of lean manufacturing and 5S (Sort, Set In Order, Shine, Standardize, Sustain) process
  • Understanding of production costs to include waste, downtime, scrap and re-work
  • High school diploma or equivalent, plus 4 to 5 years of apprenticeship training.¬†

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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