Tooling Engineer

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

  • Responsible for the quoting process of new stamping die builds and engineering changes to current dies
  • Review and approve tool processes, strip layouts and designs.
  • Act as liaison to tool shops that have been awarded the responsibility to design and build dies or gages making sure that customer and Wolverine specifications are followed, including quality and timing constraints during the tool build.
  • Participates in APQP activities including feasibility reviews, part design reviews, Run at Rates, etc.
  • New Model Tooling Start Up: resolves issues with tool vendor; assists plants in establishing process parameters; authorized to make tooling changes with vendors, manage vendor tooling run off activies
  • Current Model Tooling: Analyzes poor performing dies; revise process parameters; assists in resolving tooling issues at all facilities.
  • Continuous Improvement: Recommend/develop plans to implement QDC and other methodologies to improve throughput and OEE.
  • Work with other Wolverine facilities to determine tooling best practices
  • Maintain thorough familiarity with pressroom developments and new materials in the industry which might be adaptable to use by the organization.
  • Originates and applies new and unique engineering methods


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Four year technical degree preferred, but a four year tool and die apprenticeship is acceptable with some technical courses at college level

Three to five years’ experience in leadership role in tool and die, i.e., die leader, shop foreman, etc. in the automotive stamping industry

Progressive die and transfer die skills are essential (ie. die design, tooling experience)

Project management skills required

3D CAD/Modeling skills required for tooling design and engineering change activities

Problem solving/analysis skills required

Strong communication skills required

Proficient in MS Office products including project.

Journeyman card preferred.


3D Modeling and CAD skills required


Must have the ability to read and interpret documents such as blueprints, drawings, diagrams, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Must have the ability to create business reports and correspondence.  Must have excellent oral and written communication skill and be able to effectively tailor the message to the appropriate audience.


Must have the ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Must have the ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to create and interpret bar graphs.


Must have the ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Must have the ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.