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Tool and die makers make, repair and modify custom-made, prototype or special tools, dies, jigs, fixtures and gauges using various metals, alloys and plastics which require precise dimensions. They are employed primarily in manufacturing industries such as automobile, aircraft, metal fabrication, electrical machinery and plastics, and in tool and die, mould making and machine shops. This unit group also includes metal patternmakers and metal mould makers.

Main duties
Tool and die makers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Read and interpret engineering drawings and specifications of tools, dies, prototypes or models
  • Prepare templates and sketches, and determine work processes
  • Compute dimensions and tolerances and set up machine tools
  • Position, secure, measure and work metal stock or castings to lay out for machining
  • Set up, operate and maintain a variety of conventional and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools to cut, turn, mill, plane, drill, bore, grind or otherwise shape workpiece to prescribed dimensions and finish
  • Verify machined parts for conformance to specifications using precision measuring instruments such as vernier callipers, micrometers, co-ordinate measuring machines (CMM) and electronic measuring devices
  • Fit and assemble or disassemble parts using hand tools
  • Test completed tools, dies, jigs or fixtures for proper operation
  • May program CNC machine tools.

Metal patternmakers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Machine, fit and assemble castings and other parts to make precision models of required shape such as metal patterns, core boxes and match plates
  • Lay out, shape and assemble patterns of metal, wood, plastic and other materials from blueprints, models or templates
  • May program CNC machine tools.
  • Metal mould makers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Machine, fit and assemble parts to make metal moulds and cores for plastic injection moulding, or other production processes
  • May program CNC machine tools.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a four- or five-year tool and die making apprenticeship program or
  • A combination of over five years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in tool and die making is usually required to be eligible for tool and die trade certification.
  • Patternmakers usually require completion of an apprenticeship or college program in patternmaking.
  • Patternmaking trade certification is available, but voluntary, in Ontario.

Additional information

  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
  • Red Seal trade certification of tool and die makers allows for interprovincial mobility.

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