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Occupational Employment Statistics


51-4111 Tool and Die Makers

Analyze specifications, lay out metal stock, set up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to make and repair dies, cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges, and machinists' hand tools.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Central Minnesota 20021$30.02/hr$19.50/hr$24.90/hr$31.38/hr$32.35/hr$39.65/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities40$19.60/hr
Professional and Business Services50$40.65/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/A$19.61/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 10$31.53/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 40$19.60/hr2.1%
Rochester MN MSA 40$30.98/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 50$25.16/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 60$24.78/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 60$29.67/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 80$29.91/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 120$29.79/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 120$29.79/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 120$29.88/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 140$28.32/hr-1.6%
Central Minnesota 200$31.38/hr-0.5%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 930$31.44/hr-1.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,090$31.51/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,560$31.28/hr-0.8%

  • Visualize and compute dimensions, sizes, shapes, and tolerances of assemblies, based on specifications.
  • Set up and operate drill presses to drill and tap holes in parts for assembly.
  • Conduct test runs with completed tools or dies to ensure that parts meet specifications, making adjustments as necessary.
  • Verify dimensions, alignments, and clearances of finished parts for conformance to specifications, using measuring instruments such as calipers, gauge blocks, micrometers, or dial indicators.
  • Smooth and polish flat and contoured surfaces of parts or tools, using scrapers, abrasive stones, files, emery cloths, or power grinders.
  • Lift, position, and secure machined parts on surface plates or worktables, using hoists, vises, v-blocks, or angle plates.
  • Set up and operate conventional or computer numerically controlled machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, or grinders to cut, bore, grind, or otherwise shape parts to prescribed dimensions and finishes.
  • Set pyrometer controls of heat-treating furnaces and feed or place parts, tools, or assemblies into furnaces to harden.
  • Inspect finished dies for smoothness, contour conformity, and defects.
  • File, grind, shim, and adjust different parts to properly fit them together.