Die Setter

Manufacturing Cherryville, North Carolina


Position at Keystone Powdered Metal Company

Title: DIE SETTER                                                




 To efficiently and safely make highly complex setups, initial sample complex

           setups on hydraulic and mechanical equipment in molding and sizing operations with minimal assistance.


  To efficiently and safely operate equipment, including the making of     

           satisfactory adjustments to insure product quality.  This includes

           the ability to adjust furnace temperature and/or belt  speed.


  To know and follow procedures applicable to this job classification.


  Legibly record and maintain applicable product/process information.


  Effectively utilize measuring equipment and information obtained from

its use to insure continuation of control conditions.


  Provide active input to continuous process improvement.


  Effectively communicate job related information to co-workers, supervisors

and others with a need to know.


Maintain cooperative relationships with other functional areas.


To direct the dept. in absence of the supervisory force and assist at other times.


Work with classified die setters and trainees on setups and press adjustments within the department.


Be involved in the die setter job evaluations and be able to provide positive and negative feedback at the time of evaluation.


Take notes during training sessions and verify that the die setter understood the training that was given and report progress back to the supervisor. 


Communicate with the engineering team on setup changes within the department and share this information with other setups.


Reliable, consistent attendance is a requirement and essential function of this position.




The ability to trouble shoot with maintenance departments on machine repairs, as well as assisting them in the repair.   


  Provide assistance in writing new or revising old procedures.


  Participate in the training of others and aid in their appraisal.


  Perform other tasks as requested.





  Able to read and understand procedures, process sheets, etc.


  Able to do basic math calculations such as adding, subtracting,

multiplying and dividing.


  Understand decimals, fractions, percentages, averages, etc.


Able to write legible sentences.





Setup/troubleshoot designated equipment/assemblies to required complexity including engineering sample parts.


  Operate and adjust required equipment properly.


  Properly use measuring equipment and accurately interpret results.


  Understand and apply SPC fundamentals.


  Demonstrate effective writing skills with regards to appropriate

records, reports and procedures.


  Demonstrate satisfactory relational skills with regards to communications,

cooperative associations and participation in continuous improvement.


  Exhibit knowledge of applicable procedures.





  This classification has no time limit beyond Setup A to acquire

  competency.  It is awarded on merit.





  Daily work hours: 8, 10, 12, or combination.


  Days per week work required to be performed: 3, 4, or 5.


  Breaks (describe): 25-min/5 day or 35-min/cont -lunch break near midpoint of shift.


  Types of machines/equipment used on the job (be descriptive):

           Mechanical power presses and aux. equipment; furnaces; Hydraulic presses


  Vehicles or moving equipment used on the job: pallet trucks; hysters ; lifting devices.


  Driving required on the job?  (yes or no)  Yes


  Approximate number of miles driven per day.       Less than 1 mile.


  Approximate percent of time spent each day:

standing-  80%                walking-   15%                 sitting- 5%


  Percent employee works:inside- 100%              outside-0%


  Physical surroundings/hazards- (lighting, heat, noise, chemical fumes, etc.):

           Heat, oil, noise, heavy weights,


 Special visual demands- (if any be descriptive):


  Complete the Physical Demands Chart below:




Less than 10 pounds-F

11 to 24 pounds-O

25 to 34 pounds-O

35 to 50 pounds-O

51 to 74 pounds-O

over 74 pounds-R



Less than 10 pounds-F

11 to 24 pounds-O

25 to 34 poundsO

35 to 50 pounds-O

51 to 74 pounds-O

over 74 pounds-R



above shoulder height-O

at shoulder height-O

Push objects greater than 100#-O

Pull objects greater than 100 #-           O




Climb Ladders-O

Climb Stairs-O

Walk on uneven ground-N/A


Possible exposure to Electro Magnetic Frequencies which could affect Pacemakers or other similar implanted devices.

Frequency Codes are: N/A for non-applicable

        R for Rare- < 1 %

         O for Occasional - 1-33% of the time

         F for Frequently- 34-66% of the time

         C for Continuous- over 66% of the time


End of Procedure



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