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Question 1 of 25
What is the most rewarding part of being a tool and die maker?
User-Submitted Answers
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New tool drawing and making.
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Because I will some thing create that communicate to human and machine.
3.
The most rewarding part of being a tool and die maker is I love any kind of machines and so as a tool and die maker have to stick around machines and my hobby is to do paintings and tool and die makeing includes a very important role of design so thats the two rewarding reasons.
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Being proud of your career and what you have made to perfection.
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Benefits that help support me and my family.
6.
When you finish building a die and see it run parts.
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Question 2 of 25
Are you available to work overtime as needed?
Question 3 of 25
What are you looking for in terms of career development?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Knowledge and creativity and critical thinking.
2.
I would like to go back to school and get a engineering degree.
3.
I would like to be a qualified tool maker.
4.
I would like to be a certified and successful tool and die maker.
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A career I can keep long term.
6.
This is one of the best field to develop my career.
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To learn maximum to become a precise toolmaker.
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New technology intruduce.
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I am looking to become a certified tool and die maker.
Question 4 of 25
How do you handle heavy loads of stress?
User-Submitted Answers
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By devidation of work downline.
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By always using the right tool at the right time.
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By not giving up by I give myself to think before I do something and try to think of many ways to solve a problem.
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By taking extra time for that work I ll complete as soon as possible.
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Take a breather and calm down.
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I basically a very focused person so it helps me to handle the stress but I also prefer drinking tea and some quite moment.
7.
Repetitive discussion with subordinates and line manager helps to plan proper work allocation which reduces stress.
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Prioritize, write out what is most important to the great picture of the day, week, month . Come up with a action step to solve the problem . Take a breath.
9.
Prioritizing keeping production schedules in mind .
10.
Used properly skill operator & semi skilled operator. Palned machining operation.
Question 5 of 25
How are your math skills?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I have nothing as yet but I was also willing to do something regarding the computer.
2.
Very good and I can manage very quickly.
3.
Enough to calculate anything.
4.
The human brain can handle anything a calculator can. Just takes more time with the humans.
5.
I am not very fast with numbers but im good .
6.
Uses formula for calculation.
7.
Uses formula for calculation.
8.
Very good and I always carry a calculator .
9.
Not so great, but I can manage my works and manage my team.
Question 6 of 25
How do you handle a heavy workload?
User-Submitted Answers
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Pace yourself so no mistakes are made. No your limitations.
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I'm good and I I'm very passionate about it.
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Work until job is complete and correct.
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Depending on the vendor for excess job.
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I give 110 % until the job is complete.
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Try not to panic and get to work at the biggest problem first .
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Brake down tasks into catagories, prioritize and ask for assistance if necessary .
Question 7 of 25
How are your computer skills?
User-Submitted Answers
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It is well as it must have a comman person.
2.
Ok with MS office but shines when using CD or MAstercam.
3.
The best I know hands on for over 10 years.
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Ms office, autocadd, nx cadd, gdnt.
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I can use the computer to do research, I can make power points, make good use of office word.
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I know all the basic function of computers, and I also some cad and cam designing software like autocad, solid works, delcam, creo,
7.
I know word, power point some excel . I can do sales software.
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I have certificate in on computer basic.
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Catiav5 r20 with rating 3/5.
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I am experienced in solidworks and mastercam.
Question 8 of 25
Why did you choose to pursue a career as a Tool and Die Maker?
User-Submitted Answers
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Interested in creating and building. It is very complex.
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I enjoy creating things with precision.
3.
I love creation and technology where there is challenge in every single minute.
4.
What ever parts making by tool maker.
5.
The nature of the job - physically, intellectually and the way it evolves suit me .
6.
Toolmaking is so challenging and I like to be challenged.
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I took machine shop in high school and loved it.
8.
I want to make career in r & d department.
9.
Because it has always been a passion to me and because I have some qualifications in Mechanical engineering.
Question 9 of 25
Can you describe a time when your work was criticized?
User-Submitted Answers
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I take as challenge and I ll give my best always.
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Work hard and do my best.
3.
Yes ive made tools that other persons said wouldn't work. But in fact the tool I made worked fine.
4.
When there is need to work as a team and this team to agree on how to solve a labor problem.
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Was at a training seminar and had to do a oral presentation to a group of 25 colleagues and managers . In ding the 15 minute presentation I sounded a little nervous and monotone . So I redid the presentation adding more inflection and passion .
6.
There was one time in my previous organization, I was working on development of stamping components, one boss came and shouted on me for not following the timeline, though dead line was far from that day.
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Yes, regarding a space issue between two working stations. Later it was cured with good design plan.
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My choice of activity was questioned by authority and my priorities were conflicting .
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My choice of activity was questioned by authority and my priorities were conflicting .
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I make sure I make my job perfect.
Question 10 of 25
What is the most difficult part of being a tool and die maker?
User-Submitted Answers
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If you damaged you work piece or you can not get you job right.
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It's hard not to take precision out of the workplace when your at home building something.
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When tools run smoothly and met the requirements of production quantity there few people to take credit of achievement.But when tool fails only die maker to get blame.So it is difficult to accept blame sometime even after 110%effort.
Question 11 of 25
What type of management style do you thrive under?
User-Submitted Answers
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I work nite and safety all the time.
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Self directed workforce. I take pride in my work.
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Trusting and supportive . Management that listens as well as gives honest feedback .
Question 12 of 25
Why do you feel Tool and Die Makers are important for a manufacturing company?
User-Submitted Answers
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Very important to work with engineers closely and tell them what is capable and what is not.
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Because of back boneof company.
3.
Yes I'm working in automotive industry as a tool jog and die maker.
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Because tool is key for production.
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Its base for for every machinery its required to daily life applications.
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Tool maker is especially for tool design and manufacturing. All componies are wants time saving and reduce the cost of component which they are manufactured, so tool and die maker the tool so that prodution is in less time and not costly also provide acuurcy.
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Every where we wnt tool for working.
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Got to have them to keep production moving forward. When a die is damaged it is important to have an experienced person on hand to repair it.
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Yes... Because all process are done on differt types of jigs and fixture.. Which are made in tool room.
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The tool and die maker is important in any manufacturing company, that is trained to solve production problems on the floor and in any company production quality is important in order to market the product or products that are manufactured.
Question 13 of 25
Tell me about the most challenging tool you created at your last position.
User-Submitted Answers
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The product was a modulated and it had optical tolerances.
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Progressive tool of a part.
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3 plate mould, gate and pin point gate.
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Made a bending die for aluminum tubing. The tube needed to be bent in an intricate manner.
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In Leviton Co. Was the last company to work, we worked for the Ford Motor Company with the aim of manufacturing cables for hydro cars ELECTRICITY Designed new charger for electric cars by collaboration with team of Ford Co.
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Worked with a district manager and technical sales rep to come up with a tip on licenses card for Vermont DMV . That had to fit precisely into the form that we were producing for DMV to send out for renewals.
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Developed tool for BMW Flex plate. Timeline was too tight. Still we maintained all manufacturing guidelines and proved part in FTR.
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Progressive tool with 22 stage in single tool.
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The most challenging tool I created was an ejector drill. Finding the right inserts with the best chipbreaker, than spacing them out so that pressure was evenly distributed on bouh sides of the drill.
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The flying cut off that had multiple features .
Question 14 of 25
How would you rate your education and or experience?
User-Submitted Answers
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By self calculation, how I solve my work problems.
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I have teo years of college in tool and die and 17 years of experience.
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Education minimal hands on maximum.
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Lear degree in Business but a phd in school of hard knock sales . Working with a variety of customers building solid relationship s and profits for my companies.
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My education I rate a 7 and my experience I rate a 9 . I have had several training courses on safety, geometric dimensioning, software and standard trade school . I have experienced several situations in new tooling Ned production coverage that have made me well rounded .
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9 out of 10. I think I'm very well rounded.
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I am currently completing my O.S.S.D requirements.
Question 15 of 25
How do your friends describe you?
Question 16 of 25
What are your short term career goals in the tool and die industry?
User-Submitted Answers
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Having moreresponsiblites.
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Being a leader in a department.
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To do something good I have to get more knowledge.
Question 17 of 25
What specialty tools did you create at your last job?
User-Submitted Answers
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Progressive tool and stage tool in steel metal.
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MRF Tyre rib profile made using Stainless Steel block using 2 setting and the job is inside the block and then only it can be taken out after completing the 2nd setting.
3.
I Meade improvements to a nut gun .
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I built a lift cart to remove upper retainers from the die. Each retainer weighs about 85 lbs. Ergonomics was or biggest issue.
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A draw tool having 90mm depth with od 70mm.
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Two impression split mould.
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Tool room.
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2plate injection mould.
Question 18 of 25
What types of certifications have you obtained?
Question 19 of 25
How do you prioritize day to day tasks?
User-Submitted Answers
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I take evrvery give task serious.
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I make a priority sheet by due dates.
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I alwayes give prioritzes of worke in working time.
Question 20 of 25
Tell me about your apprenticeship.
Question 21 of 25
Have you ever had a mentor in your career?
Question 22 of 25
Tell me about your IT skills. Are there any courses you would like to take to improve your skills?
Question 23 of 25
Have you achieved your journeyman status?
Question 24 of 25
Are you accredited through the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and the U.S. Department of Labor?
Question 25 of 25
If I called your references today, what would they say about you?

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