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John Deere Dubuque Skilled: Tool & Die Maker in Dubuque, Iowa

Primary Function:

Plans, lays out, constructs, and/or inspects by intricate gaging and layout, uses a variety of intricate, highly specialized tools, fixtures, jigs, dies or gages requiring highly skilled workmanship, holding to extremely close tolerances, or to close tolerances which, due to the nature of the work, are difficult to attain, makes decisions as to usability from a functional standpoint, and works in a team environment.

Types of Machines, Tools and Equipment Used or Operated:

A wide variety of departmental machines, regular toolmaker’s tools, including precision measuring tools, such as: surface plate, parallels, “V” blocks, sine bars, gage blocks, calipers and protractors, indicators, micrometers, comparator, etc.

Job Details:

Work is not closely supervised. Employees must maintain a safe work environment. Details are dependent on duties assigned but in general consist of the following:

  • Works from tool and product design prints, sketches, or verbal instructions.

  • Plans proper sequence of operation to carry job to completion.

  • Performs lay out work which requires use of advanced mathematical procedures.

  • Makes own setups and devises special attachments for performance of job.

  • Assigns components of job to other team members with instructions and/or sketches as required.

  • Tries out tools made and analyses performance.

  • Checks by intricate gaging all types of tools, dies, patterns, jigs, fixtures, gages, templates, etc. requiring the use of advanced mathematics, trigonometry or geometry.

  • Makes detailed reports of findings which will be used in the correction of design or machining errors.

  • Checks and adjusts inspection equipment using master gage blocks.

  • Lubricates, cleans equipment and adds coolant.

  • Cleans work area and performs other miscellaneous duties inherent to the job.

May also perform duties such as:

  • Perform some heat treating, welding, grinding, or preheating of parts.

  • Repair tools, fixtures, jigs, dies, or gages.

  • Make parts for other departments, special equipment, etc.

Minimum Qualifications: must meet one of the following

  • Previous work experience:8 years tool and die industrial experience

  • Applicable journeyperson card

John Deere is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.