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Staff Management | SMX Tool & Die Maker in Skokie, Illinois

Tool & Die Maker

City.: Skokie

Pay Range:

Location: IL

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ID: 83109

Shift: 3rd

Employment Duration: Part time


Staff Management | SMX is currently hiring for an exciting Direct Hire Opportunity for a 2nd shift Tool & Die Maker for our client at their busy manufacturing facility in Skokie, IL .

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Build, assemble, and debug new production dies.

  • Perform all levels of maintenance on existing dies.

  • Troubleshoot all levels of die problems in the tool room and in the press.

  • Perform all levels of revisions and upgrades to dies.

  • Perform changeovers on dies to satisfy production requirements.

  • Proficient operation of all machines and tools necessary to perform die repair functions.

  • Work with apprentices to upgrade their skill levels.

  • Complete paperwork including daily time cards, opening/closing a work order, completing tool room checklists.

  • Move parts and dies by hand, a hand truck, or a power truck.

  • Follow the QMS requirements in the tool room and suggest ways for continual improvement.

  • Promptly report quality problems and shut down the equipment if unable to resolve.

  • Maintain a clean and orderly work area.

  • Follow EHS rules and regulations, participate in safety meeting and CBT.

  • Promptly report personal injuries and unsafe conditions and help resolve them.


  • Successful completion of tool & die apprenticeship program.

  • Knowledge and understanding of stamping dies, die design, construction techniques, maintenance and troubleshooting.

  • Knowledge of proper die build procedures.

  • Knowledge of punch press equipment and metal forming processes.

  • Ability to perform trigonometric calculations to accomplish the work needed to repair, maintain, build and revise all types of tooling.

  • Knowledge of function and safe operation of tool room machines.

  • Knowledge of basic maintenance, upkeep, and cleaning procedures for tool room machines.

  • Ability to read and interpret part and tool prints. Ability to read and understand press cards, procedures, work instructions, safety rules and warning signs.

  • Ability to use inspection tools such as micrometers, indicators, Vernier calipers, etc.

  • Knowledge and understanding of safe operation of hoists, hand trucks, power trucks, and die trucks; licensed in power truck operation.

  • Ability to use tool room software database.

  • Great interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Analytical abilities necessary to plan and prioritize own work, complete work on schedule and maintain required records and logs.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift and carry objects weighing up to 40 pounds on a daily basis.

  • Ability to walk and move around, stoop, bend, and climb (ascend/descend) power lift truck platform.

  • Ability to stand for an eight-hour shift.

  • Ability to reach and grab with arms and hands, and manual dexterity to operate machines with precision.

  • Normal or corrected visions necessary to read directions, closely examine parts, and distinguish colors.

  • Ability to pull, lift, and transport dies on carts to and from various locations within the assigned location.