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Toolmakers make the precision tools that are used in manufacturing to create products and parts. Anything from a plate in the back of a TV to a door of a car, or medical parts.
On a typical day you could:
- Work with computer-aided design and manufacturing software (CAD/CAM)
- Mark out tool designs
- Cut and shape tools with lathes, presses and cutting machines
- Enter settings into computer-controlled machines
- Check dimensions with measuring instruments
- Carry out basic machine maintenance
There are a lot of employers in the region and they offer toolmaker jobs through their factory or in a workshop. You can start as an engineering operative in a workshop or factory and do further training on the job to specialise in toolmaking. Toolmakers supply parts to us all, from an electric toaster to a toothbrush.
Your working environment may be noisy.
You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
44-46 hours per week – between 8am – 6pm with some shift work.
Salary: £15,000 – £33,000 per year.
Predicted trends -10.5% decrease leading to: 1,528 fewer jobs by 2027.
You can start as an engineering operative in a workshop or factory and do further training on the job to specialise in toolmaking. Employers may want you to have either 2 GCSEs at Grades 3 to 1 or 2 or more GCSEs at Grades 9 to 3. However, some employers may be more flexible and look at your practical abilities.
You could also apply for an apprenticeship. If you have an EHCP you may be able to apply under the DfE exemption which allows the apprentice to use Entry Level 3 English and Maths qualifications. The apprentice would have to be competent enough to successfully achieve all other aspects of the apprenticeship requirements, become occupationally competent and achieve Entry Level 3 in English and Maths before the end of their apprenticeship.