Die Setter

Die Setters set, operate and repair tools, dies and distinct holding and operating devices that enable machines to shape, form or taper metal and plastic parts. They should have strong technical abilities working with metal and plastic materials and adhere to high levels of safety precautions.

Duties and tasks

  • Analyse produced materials to identify defects or errors in equipment or materials
  • Assemble separate pieces and finishings or indicate instructions on pieces for proper assembling
  • Maintain parts on dies and repair or replace if needed; remove dies from machines
  • Produce sample products and programme machines and equipment with proper configurations to meet product specifications
  • Select, install and adjust dies, forging hammers and stop guides using a variety of tools and equipment
  • Situate metal pieces through a succession of dies to compress or shape stock to form a die impression
  • Use control devices or manually operate machines for production; may need to detail materials using hand tools

Skills required

  • Attentive
  • Critical Thinking
  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Manual Dexterity
  • Problem Solving Abilities
  • Time Management

Working conditions

Die Setters typically work standard Monday to Friday hours but may need to work nights or weekends to finish orders on time. They are required to use some form of manual labour working with machines and materials and usually work in a factory or workshop environment.

Professional associations / Industry information

Manufacturing Skills Australia

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