What does a Mould or Die Finisher (277M) do?

Mould or Die Finishers use a variety of hand and power tools to shape, smooth, finish, and polish moulds or metal working dies.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Reading and interpreting blueprints, job documentation, engineering drawings, charts, tables, and reference materials
  • Performing calculations and functions to determine plane geometric problems; solving trade-specific problems using algebraic equations and calculating perimeter, areas, and volume
  • Selecting finishing tools/materials; identifying hand-engraving/finishing/polishing techniques
  • Inspecting and verifying features of mould and die components and final products
  • Acquiring and applying knowledge of metallurgy, metrology, and mould and die finishing principles to each job
  • Safely operating hand and power tools
  • Effectively communicating with co-workers and supervisors verbally and in writing

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma; senior science and math credits are an asset
  • Completion of a 4,000-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training
  • Exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Mould or Die Finisher (277M)?

  • Full-time, sometimes in shifts; usually indoors for manufacturing companies or shops
  • Some overtime may be necessary to meet production deadlines
  • Employers include tool and die shops and manufacturers of vehicles, aircrafts/parts, hardware, machinery, and equipment

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skills and expertise. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $15.00-$25.00 per hour.


Mould or Die Finisher (277M)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have some artistic ability and pay attention to detail, often to exacting standards?
Do you have a good eye for detail, and the ability to spot flaws?
Do you enjoy working with numbers?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Can you read and interpret blueprints, diagrams, charts, and tables?
Do you like collaborating with a team?
Do you have excellent time-management? Are you an organized person? Can you meet deadlines efficiently?

If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Mould or Die Finisher may be for you!

You might want to look at these similar trades as well;

  • Tool and Die maker
  • Mould Maker
  • Machinist
  • Metallurgist
  • Blacksmith

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