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In manufacturing, you need the right tools to get the job done. As a tool and die maker, you are responsible for creating the tools and parts your company needs to support its manufacturing and industrial processes. A type of machinist, you will be responsible for creating molds, dies, machine tools, and jigs to support manufacturing processes.

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what tool and die maker jobs entail

Tool and die makers work in an industrial environment. They spend the majority of their time working in machining shops and working with industrial equipment. You will also spend some of your time working on a computer using CAD software to create designs and blueprints. Expect to work a normal 40-hour work week. Overtime may be required to meet tight deadlines.

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average tool and die maker salaries in canada

The average salary for a tool and die maker in Canada is just over $25 per hour, or $58,000 annually. On the low end, you can make about $39,000 per year. On the top end of the salary scale for this position, you can make up to $75,000 per year. Strong troubleshooting skills and industry experience are associated with higher earning potential for tool and die makers.

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your day to day tasks

Tool and die makers create, design and repair production tools and machinery. Therefore, your day-to-day tasks frequently vary based on machine issues and company priorities. Here are some of the responsibilities that are part of your job:

  • test production tools such as dies, cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges
  • build and repair molds
  • test newly designed tools or dies to ensure they meet specifications
  • design tools and materials using CAD software programs
  • file and grind parts to ensure they fit together properly
  • read blueprints and sketches to plan tool fabrication
  • cast tools using pre-made molds
  • develop and design new tools
  • troubleshoot issues with current tools and machinery
  • develop repair solutions for tools
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where you can work

Tool and die makers work in the manufacturing industry. They work for companies with a machining, manufacturing or production line component of their business. Tool and die makers tend to find work in regions within Canada that have a strong manufacturing presence such as southwestern Ontario and Alberta.

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what you bring to the table

Tool and die makers have a very specific skill set. In addition to technical expertise, they are expert problem solvers and think outside the box. Hiring companies seek well-rounded tool and die makers with the following skills, knowledge, and abilities:

  • exceptional attention to detail
  • strong manual dexterity
  • experience working with tools
  • exceptional mechanical skills
  • experience with CAD software
  • physical fitness and stamina
  • ability to work in stressful work environments
  • dedication to workplace safety
  • strong critical thinking skills
  • strong visualization abilities
  • ability to read highly technical manuals and blueprints

training and certifications

Tool and die makers are required to have a combination of education and on the job training. While some companies require a high school diploma, most prefer you complete a college level mechanical engineering program that specializes in tool and die, in addition to completing an apprenticeship and passing the Red Seal certification exam. Apprenticeship programs last 4 or 5 years. Additional education and certification may be required based on the nature of the job.

where your career is headed

Tool and die makers tend to remain in the same position for the long term. For those who make a career move, they tend to take similar positions with other companies. Some tool and die makers move on to other similar roles such as machinists or millwrights. Even though there are fewer jobs, there are opportunities for skilled tradespeople such as tool and die makers.

Are you looking to secure a job as a tool and die maker? Randstad Canada can help. Call us today to learn more about available tool and die maker jobs in Canada.

latest tool and die maker jobs available

  • Tool & Die - STRAIGHT SHIFT - $32/hour Guelph

    2019-02-18 Guelph, Ontario Permanent $ 30.00 - $ 32.00 per hour

    Our client in Guelph is looking for a permanent Tool & Die maker to join their growing team and it could be you! If you like working with your hands and have great attention to detail, what are you waiting for? Your day to day job duties could include any of the following and then some: - ...

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  • Millwright - Guelph - $34-$36

    2019-02-18 Guelph, Ontario Permanent $ 34.00 - $ 36.00 per hour

    Permanent Millwright opening in Guelph! Do you want to work in a developing city making great $$$$$ for a leading manufacturing company right here in Guelph? Do you want to stop working that three shift rotation and start working a straight night shift instead? If this sounds like what you are ...

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  • Machine Builder - Straight DAYS Cambridge

    2019-02-18 Cambridge, Ontario Permanent $ 29.00 - $ 34.00 per hour

    Are you looking for an opportunity to use your creative side? Do you LOVE to solve problems and try to figure out how things are made? If you are the type of person who WANTS to be hands on, creating and building, then We have the perfect job for you. My client outside of Cambridge is looking for ...

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