Methode Electronics, Inc

  • Tool & Die Maker

    Division Methode Electronics
    Requisition ID
    Location : Location
    US-IL-Rolling Meadows
  • Overview

    In this role, you will design and build dies, fixtures and automated assembly equipment using CNC mills, lathes, grinders, etc. You will also work off of prints and, when needed, will design tooling in Solidworks.



    • Study and interpret specifications such as drawings, sketches, models, or descriptions 
    • Visualizes product to determine materials required and machines to be used to fabricate designs
    • Computes dimensions, plans layout, and determines assembly method/sequence of operations
    • Measures, marks, and scribes metal stock for machining
    • Conduct test runs with completed tools or dies to ensure parts meet specifications
    • Cut, shape, and trim blanks or blocks to specified lengths or shapes using power shears, rules, and hand tools
    • File, grind, shim and adjust different parts to properly fit them together
    • Fit and assemble parts to make, repair, or modify dies, jigs, gauges, and tools using machine tools and hand tools
    • Inspect finished dies for smoothness, contour conformity, and defects
    • Design jigs, fixtures, and templates for use as work aids in the fabrication of parts or products
    • Develop and design new tools and dies using computer-aided design software
    • Sets up and operates machine tools such as lathes, milling machine, presses, grinders and cutting machines, which are manual, and computer controlled
    • Uses these machines to fabricate parts and components, and verify conformance of the machined parts to specifications
    • Lift machined parts, tools, molds, and plates; positions/secures parts on surface plate/worktable
    • Assembles, disassembles and cleans molds, dies and components
    • Fit and assembles parts together and into assemblies and mechanisms
    • Verifies dimensions, alignments, and clearances with precision measuring instruments
    • May perform polishing, heat treating, or welding on tools or components
    • May connect electrical wiring and hydraulic lines to install electrical, hydraulic and/or air components
    • Examines standard or previously used dies, tools, jigs and fixtures, and recommends design modifications regarding construction and function
    • Develops specifications from general descriptions, for specialty tools
    • May draw or utilize 2D or 3D computer aided designs for layout
    • Leads and/or supports design, manufacturing and quality departments
    • Carries out basic machine maintenance



    • At least 4 years in the machining field (will consider a 4th year apprentice) with knowledge of programming CNC’s with Mastercam software, Maza-cam solution ware, program in mazatrol and G code
    • Experience in Solidworks a plus
    • Knowledge of CAD and good computer skills
    • An understanding of the properties of materials 
    • Ability to lift and bend 
    • Some travel may be required 


    Methode Electronics is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster is available here: EEO Poster, if you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to or call (708) 867-6777 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.


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