Tool & Die Maker


​​As a family-owned company, it’s the people who continue to make STIHL a successful, world-class brand.  Since revolutionizing the forestry industry in Germany with the first electric chainsaw in 1926, the STIHL name has remained synonymous with outstanding innovations, high-quality products and comprehensive service. STIHL is seeking a highly motivated, passionate Lead Tool & Die Maker to join our Guide Bar team at our corporate headquarters in Virginia Beach, VA! With competitive compensation, excellent benefits and exciting growth potential, it's a great time to join the STIHL team.


This individual will analyze specifications or mold/tool requirements, lay out fabrication processes, and create and repair plastic injection molds, cutting tools, jigs and fixtures, gauges, and machinists' hand tools. They will work on the most difficult or complex tooling/molding projects. They will also answer procedural or technical questions of less experienced


Position highlights include: 

  • Competitive Compensation starting at $40.07 an hour with multiple bonus opportunities
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Short & Long Term Disability  
  • Pension Plan & 401k with employer match 
  • Vacation, Sick, & Paid Holidays  

Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Studies specifications such as blueprints, sketches, models, or descriptions, and visualizes product to determine materials required and machines to be used to fabricate parts and molds.
  • Possesses a complete set of toolmaker skills with all shop equipment (milling, lathe, precision grinding, polishing, and fitting) and able to make part to print Smoothes flat and contoured surfaces, grinds and fits assemblies together, and into mechanisms.
  • Possesses advanced manual machining skills including: milling contours, engraving; turning threads, boring pockets; grinding flats, diameters, shoulders, slots, and dressing radii
  • Able to perform machining operations with a specified degree of accuracy and within a timely manner
  • Maintain close and exacting tolerances and finish requirements ensuring highest quality workmanship on all tools, gages, and fixtures with minimal scrap
  • Has working knowledge of advanced shop mathematics, including trigonometry
  • Possesses comprehensive knowledge of gages, precision measuring instruments, and all necessary inspection equipment
  • Must actively contribute to continuous improvement initiatives to increase productivity and reduce costs
  • All work affecting product quality shall be competent on the basis of appropriate education, training, skills, and experience.
  • Level of supervision required: must routinely work independently with minimum guidance in a team environment and displays leadership qualities and technical guidance for other Toolmakers
  • Performs additional related duties as required.


  • Fixture Group Qualifications: Possesses 4 and 5 axis CNC skills for mill or lathe
  • Possesses extensive knowledge of detail cutting tool geometry for different cutting tool types and materials
  • Able to multi-task and run multiple pieces of equipment simultaneously
  • Set-up and assemble new equipment and support manufacturing and engineering on new and existing product lines
  • Able to project manage and complete complex fixture work efficiently including assemblies with minimal supervision and on schedule
  • Perform all machinery operations requiring complicated and unusual set ups, improvising in the absence of established tooling and documentation


  • Mold Group Qualifications: Able to perform preventative maintenance and repair on injection molds including electrical and hydraulic components
  • Able to reverse engineer and manufacture mold components within time limitations
  • Able to rebuild complete hot runner systems
  • Able to complete complex mold repairs and spot shutoffs
  • Able to project manage and complete complex mold repairs efficiently, including coordinating welding, electrode mfg, and plating/texturing
  • Possesses advanced welding skills (TIG, Micro, and Laser) or advanced EDM skills (multiple work positions)


  • High school degree or equivalent
  • 4 year certified Tool & Die apprenticeship + 10 years relevant experience or 14 years of relevant experience
  • Frequent standing, occasional walking or sitting.
  • Occasional using of hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, reaching with hands and arms, and stooping, kneeling, or crouching.
  • Frequent lifting and/or moving up to 10 pounds and occasional lifting and/or moving up to 25 pounds.

Nearest Major Market: Virginia Beach