What are the best tool and die maker qualifications and training to get ahead?

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What is the best training for becoming a tool and die maker? What types of ongoing training or certifications are necessary to be an effective tool and die maker?

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Mark in Pell City, Alabama

134 months ago

The tool and die maker trade is heading more into being a tool and die technician or a die repair person. It's getting harder and harder to find places that actually build dies in the United States. The growing trend is to have the die built oversees and shipped over to the U.S. to run. The experience die repair person will monitor the tool while it is in the press and be able to make changes to the die to make it run more efficiently when the tool is out of the press. You will find yourself making new improvements to the die. I would definitely not get involved in this trade. Drive a truck. You'll make more money.

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Mike in Saint Thomas, Ontario

111 months ago

Competition from global players is making it hard for the trade. The only way to stay ahead is to try to find better and faster ways of doing things to make zero mistakes and quality issues.

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