What are the Different Toolmaker Jobs?

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  • Written By: Carol Francois
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  • Last Modified Date: 17 December 2018
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There are three different types of toolmaker jobs: product development, working for a toolmaking company, and teaching. In toolmaking, the work is completed by tool and die craftsmen. In order to become a tool and die craftsman, candidates usually complete a college training program or an apprenticeship.

Toolmakers are responsible for a wide range of devices, all of which are formed metal or plastic. The roll of the toolmaker is to create a mold for the item, so it can then be assembled. Common examples of these types of devices include screws, nails, bowls, cups, and other metallic items.

Product development is central to creating new devices, improving the efficiency of existing devices and making the best possible use of new technologies as they become available. This type of work is typically completed by people who specialize in product design, industrial engineers or master craftsmen.

There is a broad range of toolmaker jobs available in the tool and die manufacturing sector. This industry supports careers in design, implementation, production, and support. There are tool and die companies in countries around the world.

Toolmaker jobs are also available as instructors at local community or career colleges, teaching courses to tool and die students. In order to become an effective instructor, many craftsmen complete a certificate program in adult education. Learning the most effective way to teach adults can be a huge help when making this career transition.


People who report the greatest satisfaction in toolmaker jobs enjoy working with technology, problem solving, and working independently. The level of positions available varies by industry and level of eduction. It takes a minimum of three years of post-secondary education to qualify for a position in tool and die making.

Most toolmaker jobs have a broad range of career advancement opportunities available. Regardless of the industry where initial experience is obtained, all skills are transferable to other areas of toolmaking. The only restriction to promotion is based on working experience. People with a great deal of experience can advance their careers with additional training and certification programs in new technologies.

Toolmakers work with their hands, are usually mechanically inclined, have a good eye for design and excellent spatial skills. There is an increased risk of injury in this career, due to the sheer size and heat of the manufacturing equipment used to mass produce the designs. Most positions in this industry are well-compensated, due to the level of skill and expertise required.



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