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Tool and Machine Designer
|Overview:||Tool & machine designers design power equipment used in metal work manufacturing such as cutters and drills. They confer with engineers to decide upon tool materials and specifications. They use algebra and geometry to decide upon machine configurations.|
|Duties:||They design machinery such as milling machine cutters, drills, multi-edged cutting tools, jigs, dies and fixtures used for mass production or for experimental use in metal working shops.
Study specifications and confer with engineering and shop workers to resolve design problems dealing with metals used, measurements, user procedures, etc.
Use algebra and geometry formulations in the design of machinery configurations. They use computer-assisted design programs to visualize 3-dimensional characteristics.
Conduct experiments with newly designed machinery to evaluate and specify accuracy, breakdowns, safety, efficiency and worker training requirements.
|Degree(s):||A.S. Engineering Science
A.A.S. Mechanical Engineering Technology
|Job Outlook:||Employment of tool and machine designers is expected to decline moderately through 2018 due to foreign competition in manufacturing and automation that improves worker productivity. Firms will continue to rely heavily on skilled tool and die makers for retooling. Many jobs will be available to replace retiring workers.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$30,000 to $34,000|
|Education Level:||Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.|
|Additional Training/Education:||An associate degree in engineering technology with a concentration in mechanical engineering, materials science and manufacturing processes is the basic educational requirement for this occupation. Courses in quality control, industrial engineering and computer-aided design are essential. Some employers require a bachelor's degree.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information please click here.
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.