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Toolmakers work with different metals, alloys and other materials known as castings to make precision tools and components such as jigs, fixtures, dies, gauges and moulds.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

A Modern Apprentice may start on the National Minimum Wage (NMW). At present the apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £4.81 an hour (1 April 2022). Some employers may pay their apprentices more.

The salary for qualified toolmakers is normally around £10.00 to £16.00 an hour. Bonuses and extra pay for shift work are common.


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Getting In

There are opportunities for toolmakers in a wide range of both heavy and light engineering industries. These include general manufacturing, aerospace, shipbuilding and the defence industries.

What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Getting On

More Information

The Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance (SEMTA) is the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers website has more information on careers in engineering.


Courtesy of GoMakeIt


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Enginuity (formerly SEMTA)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
Twitter: @Enginuity_Org

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