Job prospects Tool And Die Maker in Ontario

National Occupational Classification update

We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "tool and die maker" was moved from the group Tool and die makers (NOC 7232) to the group Tool and die makers (NOC 72101).

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "tool and die maker" in Ontario or Canada.

Job opportunities in Ontario

Note that these outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the NOC. Learn more about our methodology.

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Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Tool and die makers (NOC 7232) in Ontario for the 2022-2024 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

What Types of Employers Are Out There?

  • Mainly employed in the manufacturing industry, specifically in machinery, transportation equipment and fabricated metal production

What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?

  • Much of the demand for tool and die making comes from the automotive industry. Industry investments may boost activity in motor vehicle and parts manufacturing over the forecast period.
  • However production stoppages in automotive manufacturing due to the global shortage of semiconductor chips may have a ripple effect on manufacturing suppliers
  • Automation and 3D printing have been growing trends in the tool and die creation process, which may alter the skill requirements of tool and die makers

What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?

  • There are six voluntary skilled trades associated with this occupation in the province–die designer, mould maker, mould or die finisher, pattern maker, tool and die maker, and tool/tooling maker
  • Although voluntary, those with certification will have improved job prospects
  • Employers tend to prefer candidates that have experience with computer numerical control (CNC) machinery

What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?

  • Some positions require shift work and/or overtime
  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience

Here are some key facts about Tool and die makers in Ontario:

  • Approximately 8,200 people work in this occupation.
  • Tool and die makers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Motor vehicle, body, trailer and parts manufacturing (NAICS 3361-3363): 33%
    • Machinery manufacturing (NAICS 333): 28%
    • Fabricated metal product manufacturing (NAICS 332): 13%
  • 78% of tool and die makers work all year, while 22% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 35 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • 5% of tool and die makers are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: more than 95% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: less than 5% compared to 48% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: 8% compared to 10% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 18% compared to 27% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: 31% compared to 6% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 40% compared to 26% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: less than 5% compared to 21% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: less than 5% compared to 10% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

Labour Market Information Survey
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