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Tool & Die Maker


STIHL is seeking a highly motivated, ambitious Tool & Die Maker to join our state of the art tool shop at our Virginia Beach facility! This position 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.

Position highlights include:


  • Generous $5,000 Sign Bonus! 
  • Competitive Compensation  
  • Extensive Benefits- such as health insurance effective within one month of start, multiple bonus opportunities, relocation assistance, 401(k) with company match and PENSION!
  • State of the Art Tool Shop - Majority of equipment is less than 10 years old
  • Challenge - Work with metalworking dies, injection molds, cutting tools, jigs and machinists' hand tools

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
  • All work affecting product quality shall be competent on the basis of appropriate education, training, skills, and experience.
  • Level of supervision required: must occasionally work independently with minimum guidance in a team environment
  • 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
  • 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
    • Possesses basic welding skills (TIG, Micro, or Laser) for minor touch up work
    • Able to complete complex mold repairs and spot shutoffs


  • High school degree or equivalent
  • 4 year certified Tool & Die apprenticeship + 5 years relevant experience or 9 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