Toolmakers

ANZSCO ID 323412

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
2,500
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
89%
Female Share
1%
Average age
50

Summary

Toolmakers make and repair tools, dies, jigs, fixtures and other precision parts and equipment to fine tolerances, for machine tools and other production machinery.

Specialisations: Die Caster, Die Sinker, Jigmaker (Metal), Plastic Mould Maker, Press-tool Maker.

A certificate III or IV in engineering or relevant training is usually needed to work as a Toolmaker.

Tasks

  • Studies drawings and specifications to determine dimensions and tolerances of articles to be manufactured and models to be constructed.

  • Measures and marks out metal stock and castings using various gauges.

  • Shapes metal and wood stock using machine tools.

  • Checks accuracy of manufactured articles and finished patterns to fine tolerances, using precision measuring instruments.

  • Tests and modifies manufactured articles.

  • Applies protective finishes to patterns and painting pattern sections to indicate method of assembly.

  • Assembles pattern sections and shapes work pieces to specified finish.

Characteristics

Job Type
Technicians And Trades Workers
Skill Level
Medium skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
n/a
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Interests
  • Practical
  • Analytical
  • Administrative
Physical Demand
  • Medium

Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers, under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 89% of people employed as Toolmakers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 23 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 43 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).

    Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.


Industries

Main industries

1
Manufacturing
72.0%
2
Wholesale Trade
3.8%
3
Other Services
3.8%
4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
2.3%
5
Other industries
9.3%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

28.0% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

40.1% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

10.9% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

14.8% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

5.7% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

0.2% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

0.1% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

0.2% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Toolmakers All Jobs Average
NSW 28.0 31.6
VIC 40.1 25.6
QLD 10.9 20.0
SA 14.8 7.0
WA 5.7 10.8
TAS 0.2 2.0
NT 0.1 1.0
ACT 0.2 1.9


  • Around 76% of Toolmakers live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.

    Victoria and South Australia have a large share of employment relative to their population size.

    The regions with the largest share of workers are:

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
50
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
1%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Toolmakers is 50 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.

    Females make up 1% of the workforce. This is 47 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Toolmakers All Jobs Average
15-19 1.4 5.0
20-24 3.4 9.3
25-34 10.2 22.9
35-44 21.1 22.0
45-54 26.2 21.6
55-59 14.8 9.0
60-64 12.3 6.0
65 and Over 10.5 4.2
Median Age 50 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

A certificate III or IV in engineering or relevant training is usually needed to work as a Toolmaker.

Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Manufacturing and Metal and Engineering VET training pathways.

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of Qualification Toolmakers All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 0.9 10.1
Bachelor degree 3.4 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 16.3 11.6
Certificate III/IV 65.3 21.1
Year 12 5.7 18.1
Year 11 1.8 4.8
Year 10 and below 6.6 12.5

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.


Skills and Knowledge

Employers look for Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 50%

    Quality control analysis

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  • 46%

    Operation monitoring

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  • 45%

    Operation and control

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  • 43%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 43%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 43%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 43%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 43%

    Equipment selection

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  • 43%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 43%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 43%

    Operations analysis

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  • 43%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 43%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 41%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 41%

    Equipment maintenance

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  • 41%

    Technology design

    Designing and improving equipment and technology.

  • 36%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 36%

    Mathematics

    Using maths to solve problems.

  • 34%

    Systems analysis

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  • 29%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 76%

    Mechanical

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • 71%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 68%

    Technical design

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  • 67%

    Engineering and technology

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  • 51%

    Education and training

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  • 49%

    Production and processing

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  • 46%

    English language

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • 45%

    Computers and electronics

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  • 38%

    Physics

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  • 36%

    Public safety and security

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  • 36%

    Administration and management

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  • 31%

    Psychology

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  • 30%

    Chemistry

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  • 29%

    Clerical

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  • 27%

    Personnel and human resources

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  • 27%

    Communications and media

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  • 26%

    Building and construction

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  • 22%

    Customer and personal service

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  • 21%

    Transportation

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  • 18%

    Sales and marketing

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 57%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 55%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 55%

    Visualization

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  • 54%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 54%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 52%

    Control precision

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  • 50%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 50%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 50%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 48%

    Finger dexterity

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  • 48%

    Arm-hand steadiness

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  • 48%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 46%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 45%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  • 43%

    Manual dexterity

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  • 43%

    Multilimb coordination

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  • 41%

    Written expression

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  • 39%

    Depth perception

    Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.

  • 37%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 36%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.


Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  • 89%

    Controlling equipment or machines

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  • 76%

    Handling and moving objects

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  • 72%

    Thinking creatively

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  • 70%

    Working with mechanical equipment

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  • 68%

    Making decisions and solving problems

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  • 68%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  • 65%

    Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  • 65%

    Collecting and organising information

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  • 62%

    Planning and prioritising work

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  • 61%

    Doing physically active work

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  • 61%

    Communicating within a team

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 58%

    Checking for errors or defects

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  • 57%

    Assessing and evaluating things

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  • 57%

    Making sense of information and ideas

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  • 56%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  • 53%

    Checking compliance with standards

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  • 50%

    Working with computers

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  • 49%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 47%

    Documenting or recording information

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  • 44%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.


Interests and demands

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 95%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 71%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  • 62%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 48%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  • 19%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 14%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 71%

    Support

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  • 55%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  • 52%

    Independence

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  • 48%

    Relationships

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  • 43%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 33%

    Recognition

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 100%

    Wear common protective or safety equipment

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  • 99%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 97%

    Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  • 95%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 92%

    Dangerous equipment

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  • 92%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 84%

    Unstructured work

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  • 81%

    Spend time standing

    Spend time standing at work.

  • 79%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 77%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 74%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 72%

    Exposure to contaminants

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  • 71%

    Indoors, not heat controlled

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

  • 69%

    Contact with people

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  • 68%

    Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  • 66%

    Consequence of error

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  • 65%

    Physically close to people

    Work physically close to other people.

  • 65%

    Lead or coordinate a team

    Lead others to do work activities.

  • 65%

    Health and safety of others

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  • 64%

    Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

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