Job description Tool And Die Maker in Newfoundland and Labrador

Find out what work is like for a tool and die maker in Canada. This work description is applicable to all Tool and die makers (NOC 72101).

Tool and die makers


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. Apprentices are also included in this unit group.

Job duties

  • 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, coordinate 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 mould makers and 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
  • Machine, fit and assemble parts to make metal moulds and cores for plastic injection moulding, or other production processes
  • Lay out, shape and assemble patterns of metal, wood, plastic and other materials from blueprints, models or templates
  • May program CNC machine tools.

Job titles

  • 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

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