Tool & Die Maker (Automotive)
Metalsa Structural Products, Inc. - Hopkinsville, KY

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GENERAL PURPOSE OF POSITION: Repair, Maintain, Develop and Build Dies


  • MUST Minimum of five years experience as a journeyman machinist with automotive background.
  • Must have or be willing to purchase the tools necessary to perform tasks at Metalsa
  • Must have a high School diploma or GED equivalent
  • Must pass Trigonometry and Blueprint Reading = 75% or higher
  • Machine/tool/equipment Inquiry

NECESSARY REQUISITE SKILLS for Tool & Die Maker (Automotive):

  • Excellent communication, analytical, problem solving, planning, team orientation and presentation skills
  • Proficient computer skills (Microsoft Excel, Word and Power Point) Safety and Quality oriented
  • Good organizational and time management skills
  • Prompt and regular attendance
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a positive attitude



  • Understand geometric dimensioning and tolerancing of automotive component and frame assembly drawings
  • Be able to use inspection gages and measuring equipment to check component and assembly quality.
  • Understanding of shop math and trigonometry to set up machinery and check accuracy of work
  • Maintain condition of existing tools
  • Understand all tooling stage operations so that quality concerns can be addressed and corrected
  • Be able to implement customer changes (ex. Engineering changes)
  • Make tooling repairs due to bad hits, double hits, bad set-ups, etc.
  • Be able to change over tooling to produce different parts
  • Understand all tooling component functions so that the highest possible run time and quality can be maintained.
  • Be able to spot tools for proper metal fits.
  • Use circle grid analysis to reduce material stretch and eliminate breakage.
  • Know use and effects of lubricants to produce the highest quality parts.
  • Maintain tooling nitrogen systems
  • Maintain preventative maintenance schedules and spare parts inventory for tooling to reduce down time
  • Own basic tools needed to measure and check machined components for tooling
  • Track and order tooling store room perishables so that efficiency can be maintained
  • Be able to identify tool steels and know how to heat treat them when necessary
  • Learn to weld tool steels for repair needs.
  • Study in die transfer systems, how they work, how they are adjusted, how part changes would affect them, and maintain a preventative maintenance system
  • Understand monorail systems and how they work to provide part/assembly movement
  • Understand blank feeders, unloaders and power feeds
  • Maintain assembly line fixtures to provide quality that eliminates customer complaints
  • Maintain a spare parts inventory to reduce potential down time
  • Understand hydraulic and pneumatic systems so that proper locating and clamping systems can be maintained
  • Maintain logs and drawings complete with fixture dimensions that produce the highest C.P.K’s
  • Additional responsibilities as required – this position is subject to change as the needs of the department change


  • Work in a safe manner and encourage others to do so.
  • Report all unsafe acts and conditions immediately
  • Use our Innovation process and the team concept to improve safety in the plant
  • Be proactively involved with improving working conditions.


  • Offer ideas for improvement of all systems and help implement them
  • Lead area in achieving plant quality objectives/goals
  • 100% on-time delivery to customer
  • 0 PPM on parts
  • Understand customer needs and work towards meeting and exceeding them


  • Maintain the appearance of a World Class Facility
  • Actively support full implementation of the 5S’s, using it to approach and keep all areas clean, neat and properly maintained.


  • Actively involved with the Metalsa Model practices (Company Culture)