Toolmaker

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What's it like?

As a toolmaker, you would be amongst the most highly skilled workers in manufacturing. You would make precision tools like jigs, dies and moulds that are used by engineering craftspeople. They would use the tools you have made to make products such as car parts.

You would work mainly with metals, alloys and composite materials, known as 'stocks' or castings.

You would:

  • Work with 2D and 3D computer aided design and manufacturing software (CAD/CAM)
  • Mark out the tool design on the 'stock' or casting, following engineering drawings
  • Cut and shape the part using a combination of hand-operated and computerised tools
  • Check the finished item’s size with precision measuring instruments
  • Look after machinery

Working conditions

Hours

You would normally work around 40 hours a week. You may have to work shifts, including nights, and overtime and weekend work may be available.

Environment

You would be based in a factory or workshop. You would wear overalls, ear and eye protectors, and safety shoes for most tasks.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Following instructions
  • Working on your own
  • Accuracy
  • Working with your hands
  • Using computers
  • Being logical
  • Working with numbers
  • Paying attention to detail

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Foundation Apprenticeships

Choosing a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your subjects in S5 and S6 can help you get a head start with this type of job.

You'll get an SCQF level 6 qualification (the same level as a Higher) plus valuable work placement experience and skills you can't learn in a classroom.

Interested? Find out what's on offer at your school on Apprenticeships.scot.

Qualifications

Entry to the job is usually through a practical engineering apprenticeship.

Entry requirements for a Modern Apprenticeship vary but in this sector many employers require qualifications at SCQF level 4/5 and or relevant work-based qualifications such as a Scottish Vocational Qualification in Engineering (SVQ level 3/4).

You may have to sit an entry test to see if you are suitable for this work. 

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Technologies subjects such as engineering science or practical metalwork

You will also need

  • Good eyesight
  • General fitness

Helpful to have

Qualifications and experience that show practical skills and an interest in working with tools and machinery such as Skills for Work Construction Engineering (SCQF level 3) or Engineering Skills (SCQF level 4).