Tool and die makers

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Overview

Tool and die makers make, repair and modify custom-made, prototype or special tools, dies, jigs, fixtures and gauges using various metals, alloys and plastics which require precise dimensions. They are employed primarily in manufacturing industries such as automobile, aircraft, metal fabrication, electrical machinery and plastics, and in tool and die, mould making and machine shops. This unit group also includes metal patternmakers and metal mould makers.
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Apprenticeship pathways
Apprenticeships  can lead to the following trades included in this occupation group.
This table lists the apprenticeship programs related to trades included in this occupation, the trade codes, and whether the programs are voluntary, compulsory, or have a Red Seal designation.
Trade name
Trade code
Classification
Red Seal*
Die Designer
670D
Voluntary
Tool/Tooling Maker
630T
Voluntary
Pattern Maker
443A
Voluntary
Mould Maker
431A
Voluntary
430A
Voluntary
Yes, Red Seal
Mould or Die Finisher
277M
Voluntary

Yes, Red Seal * Red Seal refers to trades where certification is recognized across Canada. In Ontario, there are some trades that have different names in comparison to the Red Seal names. Learn more about the Red Seal program.
Note: The share of workers who have completed apprenticeship certification varies across occupational groups where apprenticeship is identified as a possible pathway. In some cases, this share may be relatively small, which would suggest that there may be fewer apprenticeship opportunities in the occupation. Data from Statistics Canada’s 2016 Census showing the highest level of education attained by occupation are contained in table 98-400-X2016295.

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Sources: Statistics Canada, 2016 Census (distribution of workers). Burning Glass Technologies, Labour Insight™ (job postings). Time frame is January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

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Note: Previously, this section included data on job vacancies from Statistics Canada’s Job Vacancy and Wage Survey (JVWS). However, annual data from the JVWS for 2020 are unavailable as the survey was suspended for two quarters in 2020 due to COVID-19. Most recent occupational data from the JVWS can be accessed at Statistics Canada here.