Archive for June, 2014

US Manufacturing

US manufacturing

Since the end of the Great Recession, one of the brighter parts of the U.S. economy has been the manufacturing sector. American manufacturers added $1.7 trillion to the U.S. economy, about 6.6% higher than the previous year, in 2010. The rest of the economy went up about 2.2%. As surprising as it may be, the United States manufactures more than any other country, including China. Also, in 2000 the U.S. factories reached their all time greatest output, a record they are close to reaching again much like they did in 2007. 2011 brought about some 120,000 new factory jobs. This was the first year-over-year increase in manufacturing employment since the late 1990’s. Despite this growth in manufacturing jobs, 11.8 million Americans work in manufacturing today; this is 40% less than the peak in June 1979. Looking back further, in 1953, 32% of American workers were employed in manufacturing. In today‚Äôs age, 9% of Americans are in manufacturing, a significant difference from the peak of American manufacturing. American factories have become much more productive in terms of output per hour, in the past three decades. This production increase is three and a half times higher than production was in 1979. The increase in production is helped by the offshoring of low-value jobs and the automation of factories. These productivity increases are more pronounced during recessions, as manufacturers lay off workers for the purchase and use of machines to increase production as the economy grows and demand rises. U.S. output increases and American manufacturing competing with low-cost operations in developing countries is good for the economy, but when it comes to new jobs and avoiding another recession, factories are not the answer.

(Article by Dave Sader,, 6-18-2014)

The Carbide Die Makers Tool Box

The Carbide Die Makers Tool Box

What’s the employment outlook for Carbide Die makers?
Here’s some data on jobs working in the Tool and Die industry, as a machinist or die maker. Carbide die specialists, CNC specialists or other specialists may make more. Obviosly experienced workers, formen and plant (floor) managers will make more than this. Unfortunatly this info is a little dated, US manufacturing has been doing well the last couple of years and need for tool and die workers in particular has been increasing considerably, this isn’t reflected in the numbers below. However, this should give you a good idea of what’s going on.

2012 Median Pay – $40,910 per year or $19.67 per hour
Entry-Level Education – High school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in a Related Occupation – None
On-the-job Training
Long-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2012 – 476,200
Job Outlook, 2012 – 7%
Employment Change, 2012 – +33,700
What Machinists and Tool and Die Makers Do?
Machinists and tool and die makers prepare and operate a variety of computer-controlled and mechanically-controlled machine tools to produce precision parts, instruments, and tools. These parts are typically

manufactured out of tungsten carbide or steel.

Work Environment:
Machinists and tool and die makers can work in machine shops, tool rooms, and factories. Machinists work full time during regular business hours most of the time, although overtime is often common, as is evening and weekend work.

How to Become a Machinist or Tool and Die Maker:
There are many paths a future machinist can take such as apprenticeship programs, vocational schools, community and technical colleges, or receiving training on-the-job. Becoming a fully trained tool and die maker takes a combination of several years of technical instruction and on-the-job training. A high school diploma is necessary.

Where to find online work:
Just get online and look around. Here’s some leads for you.

Note: If you are in SE Michigan check this Carbide Dies manufacturer

In May of 2012, the median hourly wage for machinists was $18.99. The median hourly wage for tool and die makers was $22.60 in the same month.

Job Outlook:
Machinist and tool and die maker employment is projected to grow 7 percent from 2012 to 2022. Employing computer skills and being about to perform multiple tasks in a machine shop will create the best job opportunities.