Tooling/Tool Maker

Tool/Tooling MakerApprenticeship and Certification Act
Unrestricted Trade
Trade Code 630T
NOC 7232


  • Read and interpret complex engineering drawings, bills of materials, and tool building drawings and specifications of tools, prototypes or models
  • Prepare templates and sketches, and determine work processes
  • Compute dimensions and tolerances and set up machine tools
  • Position, secure, measure and work metal stock or castings to lay out for machining
  • Set up, operate and maintain a variety of conventional and Numerically Controlled (NC) and Computerized Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine tools to cut, turn, mill, plane, drill, bore, grind or otherwise shape work piece to prescribed dimensions and finish
  • Assemble and fit tool components
  • Verify machined parts for conformance to specifications using precision measuring instruments such as Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM), vernier callipers, micrometers and electronic measuring devices
  • Final fit and inspect subassemblies and components
  • Finalize finishes and tools
  • Test completed tools, dies, jigs or fixtures for proper operation
  • May program Computerized Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine tools

Personal Qualities

  • You enjoy working to close and exacting tolerances
  • You enjoy working with your hands
  • You can work indoors with noise, vibrations and other hazards that are common on the job
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You like to learn new things on a consistent basis
  • You like using computers
  • Review the Essential Skills profile for additional skills required

Career Opportunities

  • Tool/tooling makers are employed primarily in manufacturing industries such as automobile, aircraft, metal fabrication, electrical machinery and plastics, and in tool and die, mould making and machine shops

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 12
  • Completion of a 7,280 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • If you have completed 8,000 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the Apprenticeship Program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification

Training Availability

Information not available at this time, contact Employment Ontario at 905 837-7721 or 1-800-461-4608

Potential Earnings

  • Apprentices start according to individual company rates and progress according to the company’s wage scales over time
  • Wages1 range from $12.25 to $27.80 an hour, excluding overtime, with journeypersons usually earning the higher end of the pay scale

Prospects For Employment

  • Opportunities are limited in Durham Region, for more informationcontact at [email protected]

Financial Incentives

  • Employers who employ first, second and third year apprentices can apply for the ApprenticeshipTraining Tax Credit
  • Apprentices may be able to apply for the Tradesperson’s Tools Tax Deduction