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Tool & Die Makers

Descriptions & Duties

  • Tool & Die Makers make, service and repair press tools and dies in accordance with drawings and specifications. Their duties include studying specifications to determine work details; performing simple tool and die design; assembling parts to make tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges; examining finished products to verify conformance to specifications; grinding and adjusting different parts to properly fit them together; smoothing and polishing the surfaces of tools; operating various machine tools to produce components to required dimensions, shapes and surface finishes.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Trade Specific Competencies

Mechanical skills

Tool & Die Makers must have good mechanical skills in order to help operate and maintain equipment.

Physical strength

Tool & Die Makers must be able to stand for long period and perform repetitive work.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • typically gain skills through work experiences

Professional qualification

  • completion of relevant training courses is an advantage


  • completion of an apprenticeship in the trade of Tool and Die Makers or equivalent is an advantage

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $10,000-$30,000

Monthly Salary $10,000-$40,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$50,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$60,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$70,000

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 5-8

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 8-10

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Tool & Die Makers should follow precautions and wear protective equipment.


  • Callipers
  • Chisels
  • Dial indicators
  • Grinding machines
  • Hacksaw
  • Hammers
  • Hand clamps
  • Hand reamer
  • Height gauges
  • Lathes
  • Mallets
  • Micrometre
  • Milling machines
  • Protractors
  • Safety gloves
  • Shapers
  • Tongs
  • Vernier's
  • Wire brushes

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