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Otter Tail Corporation Tool Maker 2 in Lakeville, Minnesota


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: The person in this position builds most new dies and repairs most styles of dies along with building jigs, fixtures and manufacturing of machine parts with minimal assistance from others. Problem solving is key; analyzing potential problems in all stages involved in die building process. As the person gains die design/building experience, he/she provides feedback and suggests improvements.

Essential Functions:

  • Reviews blueprints and understands die designs. Analyzes how the die works before it is made, and finds potential problems.

  • Identifies steps of die construction before any work starts, and organizes the steps of die construction in order to avoid scheduling problems.

  • Performs most repair work [on dies] by planning the appropriate method (using own concepts), then subsequently completing the job.

  • Operates all machines at their maximum rate of productivity, while holding tight tolerances.

  • Assumes responsibility for the different setups in grinding, milling and jig boring operations. Plans different styles of setups as required.

  • Arranges layout of tool steel and related components on die set, and records instructions for drilling, sawing. Works with EDM operators by giving oral or written burning instructions.

  • Assists with heat-treat and drawback of tool steel, making efficient use of oven time.

  • Assembles die using all necessary components when available, and substitutes when required.

  • Gains continuing understanding of the assembling of dies using all components necessary whether drawn [on a print], planned or improvised.

  • Checks tool steel clearance. Checks timing of die (cutoff to form). Checks slug holes and other interference’s, and all other die related operations.

  • Organizes time and material allotment for all their jobs.

  • Tests own dies, making sure they function properly and are ready for inspection by Quality Assurance.

  • Provides suggestions for saving time and problem solving.

  • Performs all duties in a safe manner, complying with the safety rules and regulations.

  • Maintains a safe and clean work area.

  • 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: At least one year of recent related tooling and shop experience which includes the following skills and abilities:

  • Working knowledge of the production process and metal fabrication machines to aid in the continuous quality improvement of the dies that he builds.

  • Strong working knowledge of the equipment, materials, methods and practices used in production tooling operations.

  • Strong knowledge of related safety requirements to include proper us of safety equipment and proper safety precautions.

  • Ability to understand, follow and issue routine oral and written instructions.

  • Ability to problem solve in the press area, with minimal help.

  • 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.

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)