Job Spotlight: Die Setter

In our monthly Job Spotlight blog series, we review all the basics of specific jobs, from pay and duties, to why people do the jobs they do.

Die Setter

In this month’s Job Spotlight, we’re taking a look at what it means to be a Die Setter. Die Setters are responsible for inspecting presses, dies, and their components, to ensure they function properly. They use molds, specialized equipment, and troubleshoot common problems.


Required Education:

Generally, a high school diploma is required.



This varies depending on a variety of factors (e.g. type of work, geographic area, industry, etc.), but Die Setters can make as much as $20 per hour.


What Die Setters Do:

They deal with a variety of tasks, including:

  • Setting up items needed to run machines such as dies, feeds, stock reels, and guards.
  • Troubleshooting and attempting to determine why presses aren’t producing quality parts
  • Running, diagnosing, and repairing machines or tooling in a complex manufacturing environment


What Qualities Should Die Setters Have?

Every position is different, but many companies look for the following skills and attributes:

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to stand, bend, stoop, squat, or kneel regularly as well as climb stairs/ladders.


Not sure where to find a position like this?

We can help!

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider. If you have any questions about die setter jobs in your area or job search in general, contact your local Express office, download the ExpressJobs app from your mobile store, or fill out our online contact form.


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