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Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers

Overview

Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers make and repair tools, dies, jigs, fixtures and other precision parts and equipment to fine tolerances for machine tools and other production machinery, and construct full-size engineering, visual and experimental models and models for the manufacture of prototype developmental products. The links below provide quick access to basic information for this occupation.  Greater detail can be found using any of the page tabs above. A one page printable summary of the key statistics for this occupation can also be found under the Reports and Links tab above. Just click on the tab and follow the link for Occupational Bulletin.

Tasks

This occupation may include associated occupations with varying tasks.

  • studying drawings and specifications to determine dimensions and tolerances of articles to be manufactured and models to be constructed
  • measuring and marking out metal stock and castings using various gauges
  • shaping metal and wood stock using machine tools
  • checking accuracy of manufactured articles and finished patterns to fine tolerances, using precision measuring instruments
  • testing and modifying manufactured articles
  • applying protective finishes to patterns and painting pattern sections to indicate method of assembly
  • assembling pattern sections and shaping work pieces to specified finish
  • pouring and spreading materials into moulds and over models of patterns, and building laminations of fibreglass cloth and plastic resin to fabricate patterns
  • repairing broken and damaged patterns and correcting patterns to compensate for defects in casting
  • constructing templates for layout and inspection

Job Titles

  • Engineering Patternmaker
  • Toolmaker

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