Tool Maker
Detroit Lakes, MN 
Posted 21 days ago
Job Description

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Company Overview:

BTD is a fast growing metalworking company. We provide custom metalwork services for some of the world's top brands. Our 1300+ employees work from four facilities throughout the Midwest and Southeast. We invest in our people, our equipment, and our facilities to offer our clients the best value possible. We are also a wholly-owned subsidiary of Otter Tail Corporation, a publicly traded company on NASDAQ.

Summary: Capable of building basic new dies and repairing most dies. Builds jigs, fixtures and manufactures machined parts with general assistance from the trainer. Also displays the capability to perform general machining functions.

Safety is #1 at BTD: Our expectation is that every employee: 1) Strictly follows safety policies, rules and safe work methods. 2) Promptly corrects or reports safety hazards or unsafe conditions. Promptly reports injuries for prompt diagnosis and treatment. 3) Makes regular suggestions for safety process improvements to support continuous improvement in safety.

Essential Functions:

  1. Reviews blueprints and understands die designs. Analyzes how the die works before it is made.
  1. Learns the steps of die construction and organization.
  2. Performs general repair work.
  3. Operates all machines at a high rate of productivity, while holding tight tolerances.
  4. Performs different setups in grinding, milling and jig boring operations with minimal help from the trainer.
  5. Arranges layout of tool steel and related components on die set, and writes down instructions for drilling, sawing. Works with EDM operators by giving oral or written burning instructions.
  6. Assists with heat treat and drawback of tool steel, making efficient use of oven time.
  7. Assembles die using all necessary components from the given die drawing.
  8. Checks tool steel clearance. Checks timing of die (cutoff to form). Checks slug holes and other interference's and all other die related operations.
  9. Documents all changes on the die drawing relaying information to the designers, so the CAD files can be updated.
  10. Monitors the various die components needed per job and meets due dates.
  11. With assistance by the trainer, tests own dies to ensure proper function and readiness for inspection by Quality Assurance.
  12. Resolves problems on dies using input from the trainer.
  13. Performs all duties in a safe manner, complying with the safety rules and regulations.
  14. Maintains a safe and clean work area.
  15. Uses Axapta software programs to enter time/payroll information, job information, etc.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Graduation from high school or equivalent.

Experience and Skills Required: Related tooling and shop experience preferred, but not mandatory, which includes the following skills and abilities:

  1. Working knowledge of the equipment, materials, methods and practices used in production tooling operations.
  2. Working knowledge of related safety requirements to include proper us of safety equipment and proper safety precautions.
  3. Ability to understand, follow and issue routine oral and written instructions.
  4. Knowledge of the production process and metal fabrication machines.
  5. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

The qualifications listed above are guidelines. Other combinations of education and experience could provide the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform this job.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of the job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of the job, the employee may be exposed to weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

(EO/AAMet/Disability Employer)

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
High School or Equivalent
Required Experience
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