Senior Tool & Die Maker

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Key information

Manufacture / assembly and repair
Costa mesa, California, UNITED STATES
Regular Full time, Full-time
High School diploma, A Level
More than 8 years

Job description

Summary of Job Purpose:

The Senior Tool & Die Maker will work under minimal supervision and be responsible to. Support the timely manufacture and maintenance of high precision, multi-station, progressive press-tools for electronic components. They will ensure that production parts meet drawings and specifications and be sure the completion of tasks, are efficient to support production schedules. Troubleshoot, repair and maintain the press-tools in a production environment. Support punch press operators for set up and processing of production orders. Apply knowledge of tool design, shop math, material properties, fabrication and assembly to utilize Tool Room equipment including computers, machines, tools, instruments, gages, etc. for designing, fabricating or repairing production tooling.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Essential Functions

Plans the layout, fabrication and assembly of production machining tooling, such as holding and checking fixtures, machining jigs, forming dies, templates, molds centering and locating devices, production and inspection gauges and special machine accessories and attachments.

Works from tool design drawings, sketches, part or part print, or verbal information as to purpose or function of tooling.

Supplies information lacking on the design, print or sketch.

Makes determinations as to tooling materials most suited, material processing required, type of tool construction, reference and coordination points which must be held, lay out machining, assembly, finish and tolerances required.

Lays out details of tools preparatory to machine or other tool fabrication operations required.

Makes such tools as drill jigs, checking fixtures, and drill plates involving irregular contours and locating points in more than one plane, fixtures for holding compound angle cuts to true planes, multiple purpose fixtures, forming stage dies, molds, quick change chucks, centering and locating devices and special production and inspection tooling.

Sets up and operates any machine tools as required in the fabrication of tooling and in proving of tooling (i.e., lathes, mills, grinders, etc.)

Improvises minimum cost tooling for one-time or rush jobs.

Designs, builds, fits and assembles components according to assembly blue-prints, manuals, engineering memos, sketches, and knowledge of machine construction to construct prototype machinery, using hand tools and power tools.

Performs all set ups without assistance according to blueprint specifications.

Sets up compound and progressive dies for multiple action, toggle and punch presses when required with no assistance.

Job requirements

Required Competencies:

Basic Qualifications

Minimum 8 years of experience as a Tool & Die Maker, along tool & die apprentice training or equivalent.
High School diploma or GED equivalent
Experience in an aerospace manufacturing environment
Assembly with small parts experience
Legally authorized to work in the US without company sponsorship
This position requires use of information or access to hardware which is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). All applicants must be U.S. persons within the meaning of ITAR. ITAR defines a U.S. person as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee

Skills and Abilities:

Position Criteria

Ability to plan the construction of tooling, working from tool design, part or part print or functional information.

Knowledge of machine shop theory and practice.

The employee may be required to work beyond normal working hours from time to time as the workload dictates.

Ability to lay out parts in detail for required machining operations.

Must be familiar with the general composition of tooling steels, machinability of metals, effect of heat treat on steel.

Experience with reviewing drawings and schematic layouts.

Ability to set up and operate basic and special purpose tool room machines.

Ability to do hand and machine work to precise tolerances.

Physical Requirements:


While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms.

The employee must lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

Company information

Safran Electronics & Defense

Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defense and space markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world, where air transport is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. Safran has a global presence, with 79,000 employees and sales of 16.5 billion euros in 2020 and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional leadership positions in its core markets. Safran undertakes research and development programs to maintain the environmental priorities of its R&T and Innovation roadmap.

Safran ranks first in Forbes's 2020 list of the World's Best Employers for its sector.

Safran Electronics & Defense is a world leading supplier of products and services that handle observation, decision and guidance functions for both civil and military applications. The company understands and applies a wide range of the state-of-the-art technologies that underpin embedded intelligence in many different areas, as a supplier to some of today's most innovative aerospace and defense programs.

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