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Toolmakers make and repair tools, dies, jigs, fixtures and other precision parts and equipment to fine tolerances, for machine tools and other production machinery.


  • studies drawings and specifications to determine dimensions and tolerances of articles to be manufactured and models to be constructed
  • measures and marks out metal stock and castings using various gauges
  • shapes metal and wood stock using machine tools
  • checks accuracy of manufactured articles and finished patterns to fine tolerances, using precision measuring instruments
  • tests and modifies manufactured articles
  • applies protective finishes to patterns and painting pattern sections to indicate method of assembly
  • assembles pattern sections and shapes work pieces to specified finish.

To become a Toolmaker

Skills employers are looking for

  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC)

  • Machinery Operation

  • Lathe Operation

  • Communication Skills

  • Welding

  • Troubleshooting

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