Careers in Tool Steel

Many careers extend from the use of tool steel, or the manufacturing of tool steel. Use the knowledge on this website to gain a greater understanding of tool steel, its properties, heat treatment and uses. Maybe your expanded knowledge of tool steel will help you land a job in one of these careers.See how each of these careers are affected by tool steel.

Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management is the streamlining of the flow of materials and accompanying services, from the planning stage through the use of the material, in order to provide consistent material flow, effective scheduling and cost savings.

CNC Machinist

CNC machinists perform operations on CNC machines in a manufacturing environment. A CNC machinist may operate a wide range of CNC equipment from CNC lathes and mills to CNC machining centers and EDMs. These CNC machines are highly advanced machines capable of producing parts or tooling to very close tolerances with excellent repeatability.

The CNC machinist is responsible for the set-up and operation of these machines. A CNC machinist brings life to a piece of tool steel. They are responsible for giving shape to the tool. See how they achieve this through the use of technology.

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Metallurgy is the study of the physical and chemical behavior of metals and their alloys. Metallurgy involves the extraction, alloying and production of the metallic elements and combining them into a usable form. Metallurgists are integral to every phase of the steelmaking process. Metallurgists are involved from the very beginning.

Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical engineering is the profession that develops machinery and mechanical systems. They use the principles of physics and material science in the design, analysis, manufacture and maintenance of mechanical machines and systems. Many mechanical engineers are also required to understand and use many of the principles of hydraulics, electronics, robotics and optics.

Project Manager/Tooling Manager

A project manager in the manufacturing industry manages an entire production line. They are responsible for the management of a component or set of components from the beginning of the project to the end of the project.

The tooling manager is responsible for the complete operation of the tooling. They strategically and proactively manage all tooling projects. They are responsible for the analysis of the wear, chipping and breakage issues, and selection of tool steel grades of the tooling.