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Toolmaker Careers

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Work Environment:

As a toolmaker, you'd make tools such as moulds, jigs and dies, which are utilized by engineering and manufacturing craftspeople. You would work with alloys, composite-materials (recognized as castings/stocks), and metals.

Your job as a toolmaker would include:

  • performing fundamental machine-maintenance
  • outlining design of tool on casting/stock according to engineering designs and drawings

  • checking dimensions of product using precision-measuring tools, such as gauges and micrometers
  • cutting and shaping component by cutting equipment, lathes, grinders, and presses
You can also specialize as a tool repairer, machinist or toolmaker fitter.

Most of the machine instruments utilized within industry are CNC (Computer-Numerically Controlled). This indicates that a computer-program operates equipment, and you'd be accountable for regulating and monitoring before the work begins.

Qualification, Education and Experience:

You can get on to this profession by accomplishing a traineeship. To gain entry to traineeship scheme, you'd necessitate GCSE grades (A to C) with design and technology, science, Mathematics, engineering, and English, or similar qualifications.

The availability of Traineeships within your region will rely on regional employment market and the kind of abilities employers want from employees.

Then again, you can acquire an academy course to train you with some skills which are required for this work. Related courses comprise:

  • BTEC: Certificate into Engineering
  • City and Guilds: Certificate into Engineering
  • BTEC: Diploma and Certificate into Manufacturing Engineering-Mechanical
For further details regarding engineering careers, contact SEMTA.

Training Details:

You'd be given training at the work, including health and safety, company goods, and procedures. You can acquire several vocational qualifications, like:

  • Diploma into Engineering and Technology - Mechanical
  • Third Level NVQ into Engineering Tool-making
  • Second Level NVQ into Engineering Operations
  • Diploma into Extrusion, Tool-making and Presswork
  • Second and Third Level NVQ into Mechanical-Manufacturing Engineering
These qualifications have modules in drilling, grinding, turning and milling. Furthermore, you might get training to utilize CNC machineries.

Skills and knowledge:

  • fine concentration-skills
  • a knowledge of attributes of materials
  • capability to work by yourself
  • excellent technical and practical abilities
  • IT-skills
  • capability to visualize how produced item would look
  • capability to comprehend engineering designs
  • excellent mathematical abilities
  • capability to work with accuracy

Salary and Other Benefits:

  • Initial remunerations for toolmakers can be about $16,000 to $18,000 for a year.
  • By experience earnings can boost to $19,000 to $25,000.
  • Earnings of senior toolmakers can be around $26,000 to $31,000.

Working Conditions:

You'd work weekly for about 41 hours as per shift scheme, comprising weekends and nights. Sometimes, you may have to work overtime.

You'd work within a workshop or plant. You'd put on eye and ear guards, and safety boots.

Different Opportunities:

If you have CNC machine skills, you might increase chances of finding job.

By experience you can advance to machine maintenance or workshop supervisor position. By additional training and experience, you can progress to an engineering technician level.


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