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Toolmaker and Engineering Patternmaker

Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers create, maintain, and repair tools for fixing machinery or that is part of the machinery itself. Toolmakers may spend a certain amount of time creating models for new and improved tools for industry.

Duties and tasks

  • Analyse and study machine specifications to determine the tool that needs constructed
  • Construct prototypes for new or more useful tools
  • Repair broken tools for large and small machinery
  • Test new and repaired tools for safety and usefulness
  • Work with manufacturers or individual clients to meet their repair needs

Skills required

  • Ability to read, analyse, and understand machinery specifications to create or repair tools and parts
  • Creativity to make sample or model tools to complete jobs safely and more effectively
  • Inspect and construct templates for use in a manner that is clear and easy to understand
  • Use precision measuring instrumentation to make sure new parts will tolerate the necessary use over time
  • Using basic tools such as gauges, metal cutters, and other measuring devices to create accurate parts

Working conditions

Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers will most likely work indoors during the creation process, but may go outdoors to install new parts or demonstrate usefulness of prototypes. Hours will depend on the parent company and needs of the clients, but should allow for holidays, nights, and weekends off.

Professional associations / Industry information

Manufacturing Skills Australia 

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