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

Specialisations: Die Caster, Die Sinker, Jigmaker (Metal), Plastic Mould Maker, Press-tool Maker.

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

Tasks

  • 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.

More about Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers

All Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Toolmakers

  • 2,500 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 50 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Toolmakers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 5,200 in 2011 to 2,500 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Toolmakers work in Victoria and South Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Wholesale Trade; and Other Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (89%, 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: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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)
Manufacturing79.0
Wholesale Trade4.1
Other Services4.1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services2.6
Other Industries10.2

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.
StateToolmakersAll Jobs Average
NSW28.031.6
VIC40.125.6
QLD10.920.0
SA14.87.0
WA5.710.8
TAS0.22.0
NT0.11.0
ACT0.21.9

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 BracketToolmakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.4-5.05.0
20-243.4-9.39.3
25-3410.2-22.922.9
35-4421.1-22.022.0
45-5426.2-21.621.6
55-5914.8-9.09.0
60-6412.3-6.06.0
65 and Over10.5-4.24.2

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 QualificationToolmakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.9-10.110.1
Bachelor degree3.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV65.3-21.121.1
Year 125.7-18.118.1
Year 111.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below6.6-12.512.5

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

Thinking about study or training?

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

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Manufacturing and Metal and Engineering VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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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.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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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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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-4111.00 - Tool and Die Makers.

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