Skills Tool And Die Maker in Canada

Find out what skills you typically need to work as a tool and die maker in Canada. These skills are applicable to all Tool and die makers (NOC 72101).


  • Compute dimensions and tolerances and set up machine tools
  • Instruct apprentices
  • Verify machined parts for conformance to specifications using precision measuring instruments
  • Program CNC machine tools
  • Read and interpret blueprints, maps, drawings and specifications
  • Machine, fit and assemble castings and other parts to make metal moulds, cores boxes and precision models of required shape
  • Inspect and test final products
  • Set up and operate electrical discharge machines (EDM)
  • Lay out, shape and assemble patterns of metal, wood, plastic and other materials from blueprints, models or templates
  • 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

Skills and Knowledge Checklist

The following skills and knowledge are usually required in this occupation.


Analysis Help - Analysis
  • Planning
  • Analyzing Information
  • Inspecting and Testing
Operating and Repairing Equipment, Machinery and Vehicles Help - Operating and Repairing Equipment, Machinery and Vehicles
  • Operating Stationary Industrial Equipment
Building Help - Building
  • Constructing
Working with Technological Equipment and Machinery Help - Working with Technological Equipment and Machinery
  • Installing and Setting-Up Technical Infrastructure


Manufacturing and Production Help - Manufacturing and Production
  • Processing and Production
Engineering and Technology Help - Engineering and Technology
  • Computer and Information Systems
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanics and Machinery
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