Reports to: Foreperson/Leading Hand

Main objectives: Make and repair tools, dies, jigs, fixtures and other precision parts and equipment to fine tolerances for machine tools and other production machinery.

Typical functions and responsibilities:

  • Study drawings or specifications to determine dimensions and tolerances of articles to be manufactured.
  • Measure and mark out metal stock or casting using various gauges.
  • Set and operate machines to cut and shape the metal or plastic.
  • Fit and assemble tool or article parts.
  • Check accuracy of manufactured articles to fine tolerances, using precision measuring instruments.
  • Maintain and repair tools and machinery used for making tools.

Typical qualifications and experience: Trade Certificate or Level 4 National Certificate in Engineering Machining and Toolmaking.