Tool Maker - 1st Shift

REPORTS TO:  Production Manager


Model Makers set up and operate machines, such as lathes, milling machines, bandsaw, and drill press to make working models of metal or plastic objects.


  • Sets up and operates machines, such as lathes, mills, drill presses, or band saws, to fabricate prototypes or models.
  • Determines fixtures, machines, tooling, and sequence of operations to fabricate parts, dies, and tooling, according to drawings and sketches.
  • Drills, countersinks, and ream holes in parts and assemblies for bolts, screw, and other fasteners, using power tools.
  • Must do a layout and marks reference points and dimension on materials, using measuring instruments and drawing or scribing tools.
  • Cuts, shapes, and forms metal parts, using lathe, power saw, snips, power brakes and shear files, and mallets.
  • Grinds, files, and sands parts to finished dimensions.
  • Fabricates metal or plastic parts, using hand tools.
  • Aligns, fits, and joins parts, using bolts or screws or by welding or gluing.
  • Assembles mechanical, electrical and electronic components into models or prototypes, using hand tools, power tools, and fabricating machines.
  • Wires and solders electrical and electronic connections and components.
  • Reworks or alters component model or parts as required to ensure performance of equipment or that the parts meet standards.
  • Inspects and tests model or other product to verify conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments or circuit testers.
  • Devises and constructs own tools, dies, molds, jigs, and fixtures, or modifies existing tools and equipment.
  • Makes bridges, plates, wheels, cutting teeth on wheels and pinions, and threaded screws.
  • Consults and confers with engineering personnel to discuss developmental problems and recommend modifications to correct or improve performance of product.
  • Records specifications, production operations, and final dimensions of model for use in establishing operating standards and machinery procedures.
  • Responsible for prototype fabrication to support product development.
  • Other duties as assigned by the manager.


The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Employee must comply with all safety policies and safe work procedures established by the company.  Job tasks may also involve:

  • Using personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, goggles, gloves, and other equipment as established in company policies and safe work procedures.
  • Working with cutting & machining fluids, solvents, lubricants and other hazardous chemicals using appropriate safety controls.
  • Lifting up to 50 pounds.
  • Frequent carrying, bending, standing, sitting, and repetitive motion.
  • Employee will be expected to attend safety training, serve on the facility safety committee and participate in hazard analysis and resolution.


  • Minimum 4+ year’s tool making experience preferably in jig and fixture fabrication required.
  • Must be able to operate, set-up and maintain most of the following equipment CNC controls, lathe, surface grinder, cut-off saw, inspection devices and related equipment.
  • Must be able interpret most technical drawings, blueprints, geometric tolerance, specification and illustrations.
  • Must be an organized self-starter, work with minimum supervision and communicate will.
  • Must be able to use a systematic approach to solving problems by researching and evaluating alternative solutions.
  • Must be able to communicate well verbally and in writhing and work well in a team environment.
  • Must be able to respond to changing priorities with minimum disruption.
  • Maintain organization to ISO operation procedures.
  • Complete all job specific required training.
  • Perform duties to achieve overall business unit metrics.
  • Comply with all safety regulations, wears appropriate safety equipment as required in each area of the facility.


  • High school diploma, GED or comparable experience required. Vocational or technical schooling preferred.

It is impossible to list every requirement for, or responsibility of, any position.  Similarly we cannot identify all the skills a position may require since job responsibilities and the Company’s needs may change over time.  Therefore, the above job description is not comprehensive or exhaustive.   The Company reserves the right to adjust, add to or eliminate any aspect of the above description.  The Company also retains the right to require all employees to undertake additional or different job responsibilities when necessary to meet business needs.

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At Viant, we focus on providing end-to-end solutions for medical device OEMs. Our deep materials expertise—combined with our experience in engineering, manufacturing, assembly, packaging, and sterilization—allows us to bring our customers’ healthcare solutions to market. We have facilities across the U.S. and around the world, including low-cost facilities in Costa Rica, China, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.

Viant provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. Viant complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.