Toolmaker/ Machinist

American Outdoor Brands Springfield , MA 01105

Posted 4 months ago


Use appropriate CAD/CAM software along with equipment such as surface grinder, CNC, wire EDM, OD GRINDERS, and equipment to create and prototype product parts, components, fixtures, tooling, gauging and other machined items. The toolmaker must be able to take conceptual ideas all the way through final finish and assemble. With the proper equipment, create angles and radius on all tooling to create high quality, tight tolerance parts within quality and production standards.

Creating SolidWorks models, selecting material and tooling, creating drawings, producing CNC code and following components through completion is required.


Essential dutiesinclude the following - other duties may be assigned:

  • Working from engineering drawings and concepts to mark out design on raw materials; cutting into shape using manually controlled machine tools (such as lathes, milling machines, grinding machines, jig borers and jig grinders) along with hand tools. Some tasks may require utilizing SolidWorks, CAM software, CNC machines and operator performed programming

  • Reading blueprints and using necessary measuring devices to make or modify existing tooling, or tools for old or new job prints

  • Creating die -making items and maintaining existing dies; including punches, dies, steel rule dies and die sets

  • Assisting production area with troubleshooting machining processes and equipment problems

  • Working closely with engineering to create proto-type tooling and parts

  • Setting up and operating all machines in tool room

  • Making set-up carts or process staging for any machine upon request, providing print is given out in sufficient time to prepare said carts; using tools that are safe and in good repair

  • Utilizing hydraulic and air clamping systems

  • Understanding and performing to quality standards, methods, usage of inspection devices and reporting as required

  • Understanding and completing labor or time sheets accurately


Experience, Competencies and Education

  • High School/GED, prior experience working in a manufacturing environment

  • 2-3 years prior experience

  • SolidWorks and CAM software experience a must

  • Have completed an apprenticeship training program

  • Demonstrated ability to produce finished components from a concept or solid model

  • Demonstrated ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals; ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to interpret bar graphs; good working knowledge of algebra and geometry

  • Knowledge of hydraulic and air clamping systems a plus

Language Skills

  • Must have working command of the English language

  • Must be able to read, write and interpret the English language

  • Must be able to communicate in English verbally and in writing (basic verbal instructions, simple written memos and instructions)

Computer Skills

  • Basic computer skills preferred

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Occasional driving of industrial equipment -- forklift license a plus


  • All machinists will be required to complete any assigned technical, administrative, EH&S, compliance/regulatory and interpersonal training programs to become a working team member

  • To advance level of proficiencies and skills, machinists will be required to complete technical and core training requirements through traditional methods, online training and hands on training, as prescribed by each supervisor


  • Continuous: standing, walking, lifting, bending, pushing/pulling, and reaching

  • Occasional: kneeling, sitting, squatting, overhead work, fine and gross upper body motor movement

  • Maximum lift: to 30 pounds and assisted lifting

  • Occasional lifting: 0 to 30 pounds

  • Continuous use of hand tools


  • Safety glasses with side shields

  • The use of additional personal protective equipment (PPE) may be required when a job task(s) is being completed in or around your assigned department or in another department, this includes safety eyewear, hearing protection, and safety footwear

  • All employees are required to apply ergonomic correctness to all job tasks

  • May be required depending on position:

  • Annual vision update in Medical Department

  • Involvement in the hearing conservation program

  • Involvement in the lead surveillance program

  • Wearing of safety certified shoes/boots

  • Participation in the stretching program


  • Within the Smith & Wesson manufacturing facility, employees may be exposed to manufacturing noise, airborne liquid chemicals, fine particulate dust, ambient temperatures, and industrial lighting

  • Work environment is similar to most manufacturing operations. May be exposed to excessive noise, temperatures, hazards associated with working around moving machinery, work in confined quarters, exposure to vibrations and shop lighting.

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