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Tool Designer

Jackson, MI 49202

Posted: 10/21/2022 Employment Type: Direct Hire/Perm Job Category: Engineering,Other Job Number: 517004 Country: United States Is job remote?: No

Job Description

Tool Designer


A progressive use of CAD equipment and FEA software to design tooling and equipment necessary to manufacture components. Ability to create and maintain top-down assemblies and complex surface models. Has a solid understanding of design techniques and familiarity with engineering terminology. Possesses mechanical aptitude with ability to complete basic mathematical calculations. Has familiarity with CAD/CAM equipment and relationship of CAD to CAM.



Tool Designer Level 1
  • Read blueprints effectively.
  • Navigate SolidWorks.
  • Design tooling based on customer CAD.
  • Ability to import and repair customer CAD.
  • Understand tooling guidelines and conform to design standards.
  • Understanding of tool anatomy.
  • Determine material sizes base on machining methods. Tool Designer Level 2 (competency in Level 1 functions)
  • Competent in SolidWorks.
  • Understand GD&T and apply it to tool design.
  • Create 3D trim models.
  • Manipulate customer CAD and create die runoff.
  • Understand different forming operations and capabilities.
  • Design tooling based on manufacturing method.
  • Modify tooling based on technician feedback.
  • Determine tooling material based on part geometry.


Tool Designer Level 3 (competency in Level 2 functions)
  • Competent in PAM stamp.
  • Simulate draw-forming operations.
  • Understanding of metal formability.
  • Advanced SolidWorks Modeling and Surfacing.
  • Utilize best materials for process and cost limits.
  • Understand part spring back and design tooling accordingly.
  • Troubleshoot tooling designs and make changes based on results.
  • Communicate with technicians to solve problems.
  • Competent in GD&T and application of tool design.
  • Mastery in tooling material sizes and applications. Tool Designer Level 4 (competency in Level 3 functions)
  • Proficient in PAM stamp.
  • Interpret FEA and make tool design changes.
  • Simulate various types of forming operations.
  • Account for forming deficiencies during tool design.
  • Competent in metallurgical formability.
  • Proficient in SolidWorks.
  • Utilize 3D scan data to make tooling adjustments.
  • Mastery in GD&T and application of tool design.
  • Competent in SpaceClaim.

Tool Designer Level 5 (Technical Leader) (competency in Level 4 functions)
  • Mastery in PAM stamp.
  • Troubleshoot tool design and give technicians direction.
  • Simulate all forming operations and determine tool design.
  • Apply FEA, experience, customer feedback to tool designs.
  • Mastery in SolidWorks.
  • Mastery in metallurgical formability.
  • Plan work schedule based on customer needs (company). SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.


  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Vocational Training (STEM Program, Career Center, or Technical Trades Training).
  • 1-2 years of solid modeling in SolidWorks
  • At least 1 year experience reading blueprints


  • Associate degree or equivalent in design engineering.
  • Minimum 1 year of related machine operating experience.  Proficient at reading and interpreting blueprints.
  • Prior experience using SolidWorks
  • Proven manufacturing experience in metal forming.
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