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Traverse City, MI, US

Die Set-up/Operator

Perform the basic progressive die change procedure for all presses, press operations, functions and settings; press ram adjustment, roll feed setting, progression setting, clamping dies in press, press guard adjustments, pilot release adjustment, etc.


Verify raw material to specifications and feed raw material through die.  Perform a visual check of first piece samples and analyze to determine if it will meet the minimal part requirements.  Make minor press adjustments within specifications that are necessary for the part to meet the minimal requirements.


Set up and operate all production equipment, take up and payoff set up and adjustments, use basic press room hand tools, and reading and interpreting blueprints.


Perform routine safety checks on presses/die changes.


Perform First Piece Inspection with precision checking tools such as but not limited to optical comparator, micrometers and digital calipers according to AQL.  Enter data into required computer programs.




  • Must pass a skill evaluation with a 75% in all three 3 categories
  • 6 months press operator experience or trainer and supervisor competency sign off
  • Requires inspection techniques: SPC and ability to work with and understand blueprints, use calipers and micrometers and related measurement equipment.
  • Must have working knowledge of computers - Windows based environment.
  • Experience with hand tools, equipment, and work aids commonly associated with this type of work


Job Requirements


  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • Two years Press Operator experience preferred
  • Knowledge and experience on stamping presses and progressive dies
  • Basic computer skills and knowledge
  • Perform other duties as required by supervisor.
  • Knowledge of arithmetic is required
  • Basic skills in oral and written communication
  • Comply with all Environment, Health, and Safety {EH&S} rules and procedures.




Die Setup and Operator Evaluations:


  • Die Setup and Operator trainee evaluation will be made on a weekly basis.
  • Training will follow the training plan.
  • There is a 180-day qualification period. 


Working Conditions:


Degree of Physical Demands (Strength) usually associated with this classification:

 Moderately heavy work: Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.  Involves walking, standing, and stooping, on a frequent basis, with occasional kneeling and crouching.  Involves occasional climbing to a relatively low height.

Environmental conditions (Physical Surroundings) usually associated with this classification:

 The associate is subject to environmental conditions common to a plant environment, including cramped conditions between presses and enclosures.  Some exposure to loud noise and oil.

Environmental conditions (Hazards) usually associated with this classified:

 Hazards include exposure to sharp tooling, sharp material edges, moving machinery, cutting fluid, oil, and airborne particles.



The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Nearest Major Market: Traverse City
Nearest Secondary Market: Northern Michigan