Tool and die makers

National Occupation Code (NOC): 7232

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.

Job Duties for Tool and die makers

  • 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 verniers, 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
  • 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
  • Machine, fit and assemble parts to make metal moulds and cores for plastic injection moulding, or other production processes
  • May program CNC machine tools.

Working Conditions for Tool and die makers

Work is performed in a manufacturing environment. Safety measures must be followed to prevent injury from machinery, tools, noise, and airborne particles.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Aircraft Jig And Template Maker
  • Aircraft Jig And Tool Maker
  • Apprentice Tool And Die Maker
  • Bench Die Cutter
  • Bench Die Fitter
  • Bench Die Sinker
  • Bench Jig Maker
  • Bench Stamping Die Maker
  • Bench Tool Maker
  • Carbide Tool Maker
  • Diamond Saw Maker
  • Diamond Tool Maker
  • Die Cutter
  • Die Cutter - Metalworking
  • Die Finisher
  • Die Fitter
  • Die Maker
  • Die Maker - Jewellery
  • Die Mouldmaker
  • Die Reamer
  • Die Repairer
  • Die Repairman/woman
  • Die Sinker
  • Die Sinker - Metalworking
  • Diecast Diemaker
  • Extrusion Die Template Maker
  • Forging Die Finisher
  • Forging Die Maker
  • Gauge Maker - Tool And Die
  • Injection Moulding Tool And Die Maker
  • Injection Mouldmaker
  • Jewellery Die Cutter
  • Jewellery Die Sinker
  • Jig And Form Maker
  • Jig Maker
  • Jig Maker - Die Casting And Plastic Moulding
  • Jig Maker - Metal Products Manufacturing
  • Jig-bore Tool Maker
  • Journeyman/woman Tool And Die Maker
  • Metal Mould Finisher
  • Metal Mould Maker
  • Metal Patternmaker
  • Metal Patternmaker Apprentice
  • Model Maker - Tool And Die
  • Motor Vehicle Jig Builder
  • Mould Maker - Plastics Processing
  • Mould Maker Apprentice
  • Mouldmaker - Aircraft
  • Mouldmaker, Metal
  • Precision Tool Maker
  • Progressive Die Fitter
  • Stamping Die Finisher
  • Steel-rule Die Maker
  • Template Maker - Tool And Die
  • Tire Mould Repairer
  • Tool And Die Maker
  • Tool And Die Maker Apprentice
  • Tool And Die Preparer
  • Tool And Die Repairer
  • Tool Fitter
  • Tool Maintainer
  • Tool Maintenance Man/woman
  • Tool Repairer
  • Tool Repairman/woman
  • Toolmaker
  • Wire-drawing Die Maker
  • Die Finisher
  • Die Maker
  • Jig Maker
  • Metal Mould Maker
  • Metal Patternmaker
  • Metal Patternmaker Apprentice
  • Mould Maker - Plastics Processing
  • Mould Maker Apprentice
  • Tool And Die Maker
  • Tool And Die Maker Apprentice
  • Toolmaker
  • Moldmaker
  • Mouldmaker
  • Mold Maker
  • Spotters
  • Mold Handwork
  • MOLDMAKING
  • SPOTTING
  • Tool Maker
  • Mold Finisher
  • Handman-person
  • Mould Maker
  • Mold Polisher
  • Mold Spotter
  • Mold Making Apprentice
  • Tool And Die
  • Handman/Polisher
  • Tool Makers
  • Mold Apprentices
  • Tool & Die Makers
  • Tool And Die Designer