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.

    You usually need a certificate III or IV in engineering or relevant training to work as a Toolmaker or Engineering Patternmaker.

    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

    More about Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers

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    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 2,200 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 50 years Average age
    • 3% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 2,200 in 2018 to 2,200 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be less than 1,000 job openings over 5 years.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Many Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers work in Victoria and South Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Wholesale Trade; and Other Services.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (88%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 50 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (64%).
    • Gender: 3% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20086000
    20096100
    20104900
    20114600
    20123800
    20137200
    20144300
    20155500
    20164200
    20175500
    20182200
    20232200

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Manufacturing79.1
    Wholesale Trade3.8
    Other Services3.8
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2.4
    Other Industries10.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateToolmakers and Engineering PatternmakersAll Jobs Average
    NSW27.431.6
    VIC39.925.6
    QLD12.120.0
    SA14.07.0
    WA5.810.8
    TAS0.42.0
    NT0.11.0
    ACT0.31.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketToolmakers and Engineering PatternmakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.4-5.05.0
    20-243.5-9.39.3
    25-3410.3-22.922.9
    35-4420.6-22.022.0
    45-5426.5-21.621.6
    55-5915.0-9.09.0
    60-6412.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over10.3-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationToolmakers and Engineering PatternmakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.9-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree3.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma15.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV66.5-21.121.1
    Year 125.9-18.118.1
    Year 111.8-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below6.1-12.512.5

    You usually need a certificate III or IV in engineering or relevant training to work as a Toolmaker or Engineering Patternmaker.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • working at heights ticket
    • working in confined spaces ticket

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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    Employers look for Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      76% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    2. Mathematics

      71% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    3. Design

      68% Skill level

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    4. Engineering and Technology

      67% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    5. Education and Training

      51% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      100% Important

      How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

    2. Being Exact or Accurate

      99% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    3. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

      97% Important

      How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

    4. Face-to-Face Discussions

      95% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    5. Exposed to Hazardous Equipment

      92% Important

      How often do you work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic?

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