Tool mechanics in the field of stamping and forming
In this interesting metal profession, you will learn systematically how to customize sophisticated tools using innovative manufacturing processes. You should bring a good technical understanding and imagination for this varied job.
For work tools, often the highest precision is demanded; and thus extreme accuracy is also needed in tool production.
Mostly, the toolmakers contribute their expertise to work areas wherein you cannot rely solely on computerized processes.
Tool mechanics work on metals and other materials and make of it tools of all kinds, conceive and build individual parts for i.e. printing, stamping, pressing and forming tools, and advise customers on tool issues.
They build individual construction units into an overall tool, and examine, after the final assembly, the correct function mode on the press.
With their work, tool mechanics not only manipulate the material by hand, but also use computer-controlled CNC machines, which they can program if necessary. Due to the high quality standards in manufacturing and installation, the profession of a tool mechanic is very demanding and requires a sound education.
In tool mechanics, a fraction of a millimetre can make the difference between custom work and a scarce commodity.
A toolmaker needs, therefore, a lot of care and sensitivity. As with all technical job descriptions, you should also bring technical skills, computer competence and the necessary language comprehension.
Physics knowledge helps i.e. in the evaluation of material properties. Tool mechanics is a recognized training occupation.
The training usually lasts three and a half years and takes place in the company and at the vocational school.