Tool or Tooling Maker

ACA, Unrestricted Certified Trade, Designated Red Seal Trade

Description

  • 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 work piece to prescribed dimensions and finish
  • Verify machined parts for conformance to specifications using precision measuring instruments such as Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM), vernier callipers, micrometers, 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

Personal Qualities

  • You enjoy working with your hands and have good concentration
  • You can work indoors with noise, vibrations and other hazards that are common on the job
  • You enjoy working to close and exacting tolerances
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You like to learn new things on a consistent basis
  • You like using computers
  • Review the Essential Skills profile for additional skills required http://srv108.services.gc.ca/english/profiles/257.shtml

Career Opportunities

  • Tool and die makers are employed primarily in large and small companies in manufacturing industries such as automobile, aircraft, metal fabrication, electrical machinery and plastics, and in tool and die, mould making and machine shops

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 12
  • Completion of a 7,280 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • If you have completed 8,000 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the Apprenticeship Program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification
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