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Otter Tail Corporation Toolmaker/Machinist in Clearwater, Minnesota


$2,000 Sign on Bonus to be paid out as an additional $4/hour for your 1st 500 Regular Hours

Shift: 7am to 4pm M-F

Are you an experienced Machinist or Toolmaker looking for that perfect job. You know, the one where every day you get to be involved the development and building of tools and fixtures that make a difference in peoples’ lives. T.O Plastics is central Minnesota’s premier thermo former specializing in medical device packaging for some of the biggest names in the medical device industry around the world. We are looking for an experienced specialty machinist or toolmaker for our tooling center in Clearwater MN. The ideal candidate would be someone who is tired of the same part and same machine every day. We want someone who will stretch their limits, to try something new with every new design. We want someone with CNC experience using SolidWorks and Mastercam capable of creating the perfect tool for our demanding product designs. You will work side by side with Engineering and Operations in a collaborative team environment where innovation is needed and encouraged. At T.O Plastics every day brings with it, new and challenging opportunities building the tools we need to delight our customers.If you think this is the opportunity you have been looking for check out the rest of the job details and apply today.


(Other duties may be assigned.)


  • Development with Engineering and Estimation quotes to customer specification assuring most cost effective methods to secure quote.

  • Cross functional development of tooling with Engineering and Production that meet specifications and job rates.

  • Part of cross functional development team on new projects to assure accurate costing and overall development of tooling and product.

  • Assist Production on tooling needs to constantly and consistently improve our processes.

  • Build tooling per specifications utilizing personal knowledge and cross functional input.


  • Assist Tooling Supervisor in ordering Tooling shop equipment.

  • Assist Tooling Supervisor in ordering shop supplies.

  • Development and repair of current tools as required.


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:

  • Ability to communicate effectively.

  • Ability to work cross functionally to and function with all departments.

  • Ability to accept special assignments.

  • Ability to communicate through reporting status of work and approvals on projects.

Backup: Tooling Supervisor

Backup Qualifications:

Same as above


This position requires knowledge of all thermoforming process and part configurations. Individual must have at least 5 years experience in this area and be fully knowledgeable on tools set up and performance of molds and equipment.

This position requires at least 3 years experience in the design and building of molds to meet specifications.

Engineering degree preferred but not essential. Basic Computer skills – E-mail- Word- Excel


As started above this position requires good language skills and the ability to communicate with cross functional areas in a positive nature and support the efforts of all functions.


This is critical to the costing and development of tooling. This position requires strong math skills to convert the tooling prints into specified tooling. Math is an essential part of this process and will be critical to assure that molds are built and produced to specifications.


This position calls for high reasoning skills and learned behavior. It is the toolmakers responsibility to be able to construct tooling to specifications and know where vacuum, water lines, plug assists and other molding issues will be required. This will also require strong problem solving skills.


  • Lifting up to 50 pounds.

  • Shop atmosphere with equipment

  • Able to operate equipment with good dexterity to enable toll building.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • This will be in shop and production floor all safety equipment with safety glasses and ear production will be worn.