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Tool Maker

Full Time
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Posted 2 months ago

Bowmar LLC

Reports to:  Director of operations                                             

Job Summary

We are searching for a Tool Maker that can set-up and operate machine tools including, but not limited to, lathes, grinders, and mills used in tool making. Build and/or repair production tools such as jigs, fixtures, and dies, etc. Make complex set-ups, maintain set-up, and operate a variety of tool grinding machines to close tolerances. Run production on a variety of manual and automated (CNC) machines in a robust manufacturing environment.

Maintain and dispense a variety of tooling and supply items from the tool crib. This position is excellent for anyone with hands-on expertise looking to work for a growing company.


  • Perform a variety of work on production tools using blueprints, sketches, drawings, written, and verbal descriptions using tool room equipment.
  • Occasionally develop production tools from a description of function without prints or sketches.
  • Perform inspection as required for tool room products.
  • Make decisions regarding methods and procedures to complete assigned job.
  • Analyze and repair breakdown of all types of tooling and equipment.
  • Similar or less skilled tasks within the classification as required.  Such as the daily operation of all machinery and equipment for the production of products. (see Machinist Tech Job Description)
  • Braze, solder, or otherwise make cutting tools.
  • Performs a variety of grinder work on simple and complex cutting tools from blueprints and/or specific verbal or written instructions.


  • Must have completed a recognized toolmaker’s apprentice program.
  • Experience with Lathe (Sheldon, Harding), Mill (Tree), Surface Grinder (Grand Rapids, Boyar Schelts), Cylindrical Grinder (Crystal Lake), Jig Bore (Moore).
  • Experience with Precision Production Tolling Preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of shop math.
  • Have the ability to read and interpret blueprints, sketch drawings, and written instructions.
  • Have working knowledge of tool and fixturing techniques.
  • Must have the ability to operate designated machinery to required tolerances.
  • Knowledge of tool design, metal properties, and layout of machining and assembly procedures


  • Indoor work – air-conditioned
  • Sitting or standing – little bending
  • Exposure to high and low-speed moving machinery
  • Exposure to sharp tools
  • Exposure to grease, oil, cutting fluids and solvents
  • Must purchase and maintain basic tools
  • Exposure to metal chips dust and trimmings
  • May be exposed to a variety of hazardous materials
  • Occasional heavy lifting or moving objects
  • Moderate noise level

This is a full-time position that includes holidays, vacation, and overtime pay and health insurance benefits.

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