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Overview

All Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth

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

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.

Prospects

Pathways

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

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

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Manufacturing and Metal and Engineering VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

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. Technical 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

    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.

  6. Production and processing

    49% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  7. English language

    46% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  8. Computers and electronics

    45% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  9. Physics

    38% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  10. Public safety and security

    36% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  11. Administration and management

    36% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  12. Psychology

    31% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  13. Chemistry

    30% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  14. Clerical

    29% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  15. Personnel and human resources

    27% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  16. Communications and media

    27% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  17. Building and construction

    26% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  18. Customer and personal service

    22% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  19. Transportation

    21% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  20. Sales and marketing

    18% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Quality control analysis

    50% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  2. Operation monitoring

    46% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  3. Operation and control

    45% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  4. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  5. Active listening

    43% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  6. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  7. Critical thinking

    43% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  8. Equipment selection

    43% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  9. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  10. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  11. Operations analysis

    43% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  12. Reading comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  13. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  14. Coordination with others

    41% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  15. Equipment maintenance

    41% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  16. Technology design

    41% Skill level

    Designing and improving equipment and technology.

  17. Speaking

    36% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  18. Mathematics

    36% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  19. Systems analysis

    34% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  20. Social perceptiveness

    29% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Categorising

    57% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  2. Oral comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Visualization

    55% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  4. Oral expression

    54% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  6. Control precision

    52% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  7. Near vision

    50% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  8. Written comprehension

    50% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  9. Deductive reasoning

    50% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  10. Finger dexterity

    48% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  11. Arm-hand steadiness

    48% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  12. Inductive reasoning

    48% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  13. Problem spotting

    46% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  14. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  15. Manual dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  16. Multilimb coordination

    43% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  17. Written expression

    41% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  18. Depth perception

    39% Skill level

    Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.

  19. Speech recognition

    37% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  20. Speech clarity

    36% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Controlling equipment or machines

    89% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  2. Handling and moving objects

    76% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  3. Thinking creatively

    72% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  4. Working with mechanical equipment

    70% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  5. Making decisions and solving problems

    68% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  6. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    68% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  7. Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    65% Skill level

    Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  8. Collecting and organising information

    65% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  9. Planning and prioritising work

    62% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  10. Doing physically active work

    61% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  11. Communicating within a team

    61% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  12. Checking for errors or defects

    58% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  13. Assessing and evaluating things

    57% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  14. Making sense of information and ideas

    57% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  15. Monitoring people, processes and things

    56% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  16. Checking compliance with standards

    53% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  17. Working with computers

    50% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  18. Looking for changes over time

    49% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  19. Documenting or recording information

    47% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  20. Researching and investigating

    44% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

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Work Environment

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.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  2. Being exact or accurate

    99% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  3. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    97% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  4. Face-to-face discussions

    95% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  5. Dangerous equipment

    92% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  6. Freedom to make decisions

    92% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  7. Unstructured work

    84% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  8. Spend time standing

    81% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  9. Time pressure

    79% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  10. Teamwork

    77% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Impact of decisions

    74% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  12. Exposure to contaminants

    72% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  13. Indoors, not heat controlled

    71% Important

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

  14. Contact with people

    69% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  15. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    68% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  16. Consequence of error

    66% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  17. Physically close to people

    65% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  18. Lead or coordinate a team

    65% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  19. Health and safety of others

    65% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  20. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    64% Important

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    71% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Working conditions

    55% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  3. Independence

    52% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Relationships

    48% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  5. Achievement

    43% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  6. Recognition

    33% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    95% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Analytical

    71% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  3. Administrative

    62% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Creative

    48% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    19% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
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.

All Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth

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

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.

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

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

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Manufacturing and Metal and Engineering VET training pathways.

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. Technical 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

    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.

  6. Production and processing

    49% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  7. English language

    46% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  8. Computers and electronics

    45% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  9. Physics

    38% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  10. Public safety and security

    36% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  11. Administration and management

    36% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  12. Psychology

    31% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  13. Chemistry

    30% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  14. Clerical

    29% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  15. Personnel and human resources

    27% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  16. Communications and media

    27% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  17. Building and construction

    26% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  18. Customer and personal service

    22% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  19. Transportation

    21% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  20. Sales and marketing

    18% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Quality control analysis

    50% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  2. Operation monitoring

    46% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  3. Operation and control

    45% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  4. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  5. Active listening

    43% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  6. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  7. Critical thinking

    43% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  8. Equipment selection

    43% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  9. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  10. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  11. Operations analysis

    43% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  12. Reading comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  13. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  14. Coordination with others

    41% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  15. Equipment maintenance

    41% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  16. Technology design

    41% Skill level

    Designing and improving equipment and technology.

  17. Speaking

    36% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  18. Mathematics

    36% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  19. Systems analysis

    34% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  20. Social perceptiveness

    29% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Categorising

    57% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  2. Oral comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Visualization

    55% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  4. Oral expression

    54% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  6. Control precision

    52% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  7. Near vision

    50% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  8. Written comprehension

    50% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  9. Deductive reasoning

    50% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  10. Finger dexterity

    48% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  11. Arm-hand steadiness

    48% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  12. Inductive reasoning

    48% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  13. Problem spotting

    46% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  14. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  15. Manual dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  16. Multilimb coordination

    43% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  17. Written expression

    41% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  18. Depth perception

    39% Skill level

    Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.

  19. Speech recognition

    37% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  20. Speech clarity

    36% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Controlling equipment or machines

    89% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  2. Handling and moving objects

    76% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  3. Thinking creatively

    72% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  4. Working with mechanical equipment

    70% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  5. Making decisions and solving problems

    68% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  6. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    68% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  7. Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    65% Skill level

    Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  8. Collecting and organising information

    65% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  9. Planning and prioritising work

    62% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  10. Doing physically active work

    61% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  11. Communicating within a team

    61% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  12. Checking for errors or defects

    58% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  13. Assessing and evaluating things

    57% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  14. Making sense of information and ideas

    57% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  15. Monitoring people, processes and things

    56% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  16. Checking compliance with standards

    53% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  17. Working with computers

    50% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  18. Looking for changes over time

    49% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  19. Documenting or recording information

    47% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  20. Researching and investigating

    44% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
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.

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.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  2. Being exact or accurate

    99% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  3. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    97% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  4. Face-to-face discussions

    95% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  5. Dangerous equipment

    92% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  6. Freedom to make decisions

    92% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  7. Unstructured work

    84% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  8. Spend time standing

    81% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  9. Time pressure

    79% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  10. Teamwork

    77% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Impact of decisions

    74% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  12. Exposure to contaminants

    72% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  13. Indoors, not heat controlled

    71% Important

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

  14. Contact with people

    69% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  15. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    68% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  16. Consequence of error

    66% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  17. Physically close to people

    65% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  18. Lead or coordinate a team

    65% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  19. Health and safety of others

    65% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  20. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    64% Important

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    71% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Working conditions

    55% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  3. Independence

    52% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Relationships

    48% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  5. Achievement

    43% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  6. Recognition

    33% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    95% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Analytical

    71% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  3. Administrative

    62% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Creative

    48% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    19% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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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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