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IDEX Master Toolmaker in Benton Harbor, Michigan

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POSITION TITLE : Master Toolmaker (Skilled Trades)

REPORTING TO: Advanced Process Engineer

LOCATION: Benton Harbor, MI

Who is GAST Manufacturing?

As a business unit of IDEX Corporation, GAST Manufacturing has a long history of being the leader in design and manufacturing of quality air-moving products. We specialize in offering cost effective solutions for a wide variety of industries including industrial manufacturing, healthcare, and environmental cleanup applications. We are looking to add more talent to our team.

*This is an onsite position.

Scope of Role: Assists in the training and development of Tool Makers and Tool Maker apprentices. Leads in-house machining and fabrication that support production. Creates new tools, fixtures, test samples and assemblies from Tooling Engineer. Must be able to operate all types of machinery, including CNC machines, and has demonstrated proficiency in CAM software. Procures materials and tooling required. Assists Supervisor in maintaining department budget and goals for future state.

This is an hourly position starting at $31.40 (gross)/hour.


40% Constructs new jigs, fixtures and reworks old jigs, fixtures, and tooling - working from CAD models and drawings. Works with Tool Room and Model Shop Supervisor and Manufacturing Engineering to prioritize work and machine resources. Possess CAD-CAM capabilities to use engineering models for machining of complex 2D and some 3D machining. Creates assemblies, fixtures, gauges and other essential components. Troubleshoots and repairs existing production tooling, gauges, fixtures, parts and machinery parts.

60% Leads and mentors Tool Room apprentices on planning, critical thinking, methods, and competencies necessary to serve Gast Production lines and machining cells in the above-mentioned duties and responsibilities.

Measures of Performance

  • Toolroom requests are being met in a timely manner.

  • Apprentice is meeting all necessary requirements and stages of training at the appropriate times.

  • Future state competencies are continuing to develop, such as Master CAM, new machine tool technology, equipment, and software.


  • High School diploma

  • Two-year college degree and/or equivalent experience

  • Toolmaker / Journeyman Certification by the U.S. Department of Labor required. You must provide a copy of your certificate if selected for interviews. Failure to provide the certificate will result in removal of consideration from the position.

  • Operate Toolroom equipment, machines, CNC Machines, and Master CAM

  • Operate computer – MS Office, fax, copier, and other office equipment

  • At least five (5) to seven (7) years related experience related experience

  • Authorized to work in the United States. Gast cannot provide sponsorship at this time.


Demonstrated commitment to continuous quality improvement. Has the ability to work well in a team environment and thinks independently. Shows initiative, anticipates, and prevents problems, has mechanical aptitude, and mental/physical/visual acuity. Decision making, analytics, supervisory skills and interpersonal skills are all necessary. The Master Toolmaker can operate computers, with proficiency in Master CAM software creating 2D toolpaths and has some knowledge of 3D tool pathing techniques. This person can fully operate all machine tools in the Tool room and model shop, and possess the ability to interpret complex drawings, assemblies, and diagrams.

GAST Manufacturing, a Unit of IDEX Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented.

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IDEX is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. IDEX gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other consideration or protected category made unlawful by federal, state or local laws (Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled).

Business Unit: Gast

Job Segment: HST Health & Science Technologies