What does a Tool & Die Maker (430A) do?

Tool & Die Makers are skilled craftspeople that make, repair, and modify custom-made, prototype, or special tools, dies, jigs, fixtures, and gauges to very specific and precise dimensions. The work involves the operation of lathes, grinders, and milling and boring machines.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Reading and interpreting drawings and specifications for tools, dies, prototypes, and models
  • Calculating dimensions and tolerances; setting up machine tools to these specifications
  • Operating a variety of machine tools to cut, turn, mill, plane, bore, grind, and shape piece being worked on to specific dimensions
  • Planning sequence of operations from set-up to finished product
  • Using precision measuring instruments to ensure machined parts conform to specifications
  • Using a variety of hand tools to fit and assemble parts
  • Spotting flaws in the finish or operation of machined parts and taking corrective action
  • Working independently or as a team member on a variety of different projects and tasks

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma with senior math and science credits
  • High school students may benefit from Manufacturing Specialist High Skills Major program
  • Completion of a 7,280-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job training and three 8-week in-school sessions
  • Exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Tool & Die Maker (430A)?

  • Full-time, sometimes in shifts
  • Often work with large manufacturers or small custom shops; self-employment possible
  • Understanding metallurgy and CNC programming process increases employability
  • Employers include vehicle parts manufacturers, machine shops, machinery and equipment manufacturers, aircraft manufacturers, and hardware manufacturers

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $25.00 per hour.


Tool & Die Maker (430A)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you enjoy working with hand tools?
Are you comfortable working with numbers?
Are you a continual learner? Do you enjoy the challenge of learning new technology?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Can you spot differences in size, shape and form?
Would you enjoy interacting with site supervisors, customers, suppliers, co-workers and other tradespeople to get the job done?
Do you enjoy planning and completing a project?

If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Tool & Die Maker (430A) may be for you!

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  • Machinist
  • Construction Millwright/Industrial Mechanic
  • Industrial Woodworker

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