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Job and Die Setters

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Machine shop or industrial arts courses in high school or technical school provide one way of gaining some experience in this work. You might join a student organization, such as SkillsUSA ( or the Technology Student Association (, if one is active at your school. Summer jobs as unskilled workers are sometimes available in manufacturing plants that have large machine shops. Interacting with the skilled workers in such a plant can provide you with a beginning knowledge of machine tools and the work of setup operators. Apprenticeships may be available, depending on the type of setting or industry you choose to work in. Check with local manufacturers who use job or die setters to find out.

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