Tool and die makers perform some or all of the following duties:
A. May program CNC machine tools.
Metal patternmakers perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Machine, fit and assemble castings and other parts to make precision models of required shape such as metal patterns, core boxes and match plates
B. Lay out, shape and assemble patterns of metal, wood, plastic and other materials from blueprints, models or templates
C. May program CNC machine tools.
Metal mould makers perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Machine, fit and assemble parts to make metal moulds and cores for plastic injection moulding, or other production processes
B. May program CNC machine tools.
C. Read and interpret engineering drawings and specifications of tools, dies, prototypes or models
D. Prepare templates and sketches, and determine work processes
E. Compute dimensions and tolerances and set up machine tools
F. Position, secure, measure and work metal stock or castings to lay out for machining
G. 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
H. 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
I. Fit and assemble or disassemble parts using hand tools
J. Test completed tools, dies, jigs or fixtures for proper operation
1. Machinery manufacturing - 35.0%
2. Fabricated metal product manufacturing - 20.0%
3. Motor vehicle parts manufacturing - 16.0%
4. Primary metal manufacturing - 5.0%
5. Motor vehicle manufacturing - 4.0%
6. Aerospace product and parts manufacturing - 3.0%
1. To be a tool and die maker, you usually need a high school education.
2. To gain trade certification as a tool and die maker, you must either complete a four- or five-year tool and die making apprenticeship program or have a combination of over five years' work experience and some high school, college or industry courses in tool and die making.
3. Tool and die making trade certification is available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia.
4. Qualified tool and die makers may also obtain interprovincial (Red Seal) trade certification, which provides job mobility throughout the country.
5. To be a mould maker, you usually need to finish a four-year apprenticeship or a college program in your area of expertise. Mould making trade certification is available, but voluntary, in Ontario and Quebec.
6. To be a patternmaker, you usually need an apprenticeship or a college program in patternmaking. Patternmaking trade certification is available, but not compulsory, in Ontario.
7. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma, and almost 3 in 10 have a trade/vocational certificate.
4. Industry Arts (Metalworking)
The average hourly wages for Tool and Die Makers is $21.77/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.