A toolmaker machines tools that become part of larger machines. Toolmaking is a precise skill where the finished parts must conform exactly to the supplied specifications. Toolmakers learn how to fit and assemble parts using machines such as lathes and grinders to cut and grind metal, make and modify dies and inspect finishes for imperfections. When the tool has been made, a toolmaker will ensure that contoured surfaces are cleaned and agreed to the specification by the use of measuring instruments such as calipers. A toolmaker must have good visual skills for shapes and be able to use mathematics to solve a problem.
Toolmaking is a four year apprenticeship and you would be required to complete a Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade (Specialising in Toolmaking) nationally recognised qualification.
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