Workholding Manager

Mate Precision Tooling is seeking a professional with strong technical and managerial experience in machining and workholding, particularly with vertical and horizontal machining centers, and with excellent communication and presentation skills.  The successful candidate will help lead a new and growing product and market expansion.

Established in 1962, Mate Precision Tooling is a world-class manufacturer and service provider of CNC punch press tooling, press brake tooling and laser cutting consumables for the precision sheet metal fabrication industry.  Headquartered in the metropolitan Minneapolis, Minnesota area, Mate delivers products to more than 80 countries from its state-of-the-art, 300,000 ft. manufacturing facility.  Mate Precision Tooling offers a competitive compensation package including Medical, Dental, Life Insurance, Vacation, Paid Holidays, 401k Match, Profit Sharing and more!


  • Lead and manage technical and commercial product and market development
  • Be the workholding subject matter expert: provide technical, commercial and application guidance to internal and external staff and to customers
  • Be active in product and market strategy decisions
  • Lead efforts to expand business partner relationships
  • Participate in key customer facing activities


  • Thorough understanding of multi-axis machining
  • Thorough understanding of workholding principles and the mechanics of holding and clamping and how various material types and thicknesses impact machining
  • Skilled and experienced in public speaking and communicating effectively using standard presentation tools and techniques
  • Thorough understanding of workholding market including various suppliers and their products
  • Have competence with the mathematics involved in working with force and tolerances
  • Possesses strong spatial aptitude, is skilled at visualizing in two and three dimensions
  • Strong practical experience with various tooling designs and applications
  • Knowledgeable in matters of cutting tool design, application and functionality
  • Knowledgeable in areas of CAD, CAM, 2D, 3D and software that is used in the machining process
  • Knowledgeable in matters of pneumatics, hydraulics and automation relative to workholding
  • Proven ability to manage projects and report actions to management and other teammates


  • Post High School technical, industrial or machining education preferred
  • Five to ten years of multi-axis VMC HMC machining experience required
  • Specific experience with quick change or modular workholding devises
  • Proficiency in oral and written English is required
  • Strong technical writing skills are required
  • Public speaking experience is required


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Fluency in German, Italian and/or Spanish is a plus


  • Commensurate with experience
  • Signing bonus
  • Relocation package