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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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- Read and interpret engineering drawings and specifications of tools, dies, prototypes or models
- Prepare templates and sketches, and determine work processes
- Compute dimensions and tolerances and set up machine tools
- Position, secure, measure and work metal stock or castings to lay out for machining
- Set up, operate and maintain a variety of conventional and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools to cut, turn, mill, plane, drill, bore, grind or otherwise shape workpiece to prescribed dimensions and finish
- Verify machined parts for conformance to specifications using precision measuring instruments such as vernier callipers, micrometers, co-ordinate measuring machines (CMM) and electronic measuring devices
- Fit and assemble or disassemble parts using hand tools
- Test completed tools, dies, jigs or fixtures for proper operation
- May program CNC machine tools.
- Machine, fit and assemble castings and other parts to make precision models of required shape such as metal patterns, core boxes and match plates
- Lay out, shape and assemble patterns of metal, wood, plastic and other materials from blueprints, models or templates
- May program CNC machine tools.
- Machine, fit and assemble parts to make metal moulds and cores for plastic injection moulding, or other production processes
- May program CNC machine tools.
Outlook & Prospects for Tool and Die Makers in Mauricie Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
National Outlook – 10-Year Projection (2011-2020)
This section provides labour demand and labour supply projections for this occupation over the 2011-2020 period.
Note: The tables, graphs and middle paragraph shown under this section display updated 2011-2020 projection results. The remaining narrative text (2009-2018 projections) will be updated shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The data in the following table are derived from HRSDC’s Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS). COPS uses a variety of models to produce a detailed 10-year labour market projection per broad skill level and per occupation at the national level, which focuses on the trends of labour supply and labour demand over the next ten years.
This occupation (Tool and Die Makers) is part of a larger occupational group called Machinists and Related Occupations (NOC 723).
|Occupations in this group||
Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors (7231)
Tool and Die Makers (7232)
|Employment (non-student) in 2010||52,117|
|Median Age of workers in 2010||41|
|Average Retirement Age in 2010||64|
Occupation Projection for Canada
Over the 2008-2010 period, this occupation experienced a significant decline in employment and a significant rise in the unemployment rate. This is due to the difficulties faced by the manufacturing sector in recent years, especially following the recent recession. However, wages increased more than the average for all occupations. According to key labour market indicators, the number of job seekers was more than sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupation.
Over the 2011-2020 period, an occupation will be in excess demand (a shortage of workers) if the projected number of job openings is significantly greater than the projected number of job seekers. An occupation will be in excess supply (a surplus of workers) if the projected number of job openings is smaller than the projected number of job seekers. For Machinists And Related Occupations, over the 2011-2020 period, job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 17,918 and 16,883 job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill the job openings.
Based on projections and considering that there were indications of excess supply in this occupation, excess supply is expected to continue over the 2011-2020 period. Expansion demand, which was negative over the 2001-2010 period, will be positive and will represent 30% of job openings over the projection period. This return to growth will come from economic recovery in several manufacturing industries over the next few years. Most job openings in this occupation will be due to replacement needs. The retirement rate will fall within the average for all occupations. As for labour supply, school leavers will be the main source of job seekers over the projection period. The outflow of workers toward other occupations is expected to continue over the projection period, albeit on a smaller scale than in the previous decade. This outflow of workers was the result of problems in the manufacturing sector in recent years and exacerbated by the recent recession.
This Chart contains data for Projection of Job Openings vs. Job Seekers for Canada. Information is available in the following tables.
|Other Replacement Demand||1,650||9%|
|Projected Job Openings||17,918||100%|
|Projected Job Seekers||16,883||100%|
In which industry or sector do people in this occupation find jobs in Canada?
This table shows the industry and sectors employing the highest number of people in this occupation.
|Industry / Sector||%|
|Other services (except public administration)||2.40|
What percentage of people in this occupation are self-employed?
The graph displays the percentage of people in this occupation who are “self-employed”, according to the 2006 Census, in comparison to the Canadian average across all occupations.
As shown in the graph, according to the 2006 Census, 7% of people in this occupation were self-employed, while the average for all occupations was 12%.
The data from the Labour Force Survey (2009) regarding self-employment for this group are not sufficiently reliable to be published.
What percentage of people in this occupation are members of a union?
This occupation (Tool and Die Makers) is part of a larger group called Machinists and Related Occupations (NOC 723). According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), the unionization rate for this group was 33%, while the unionization rate for all occupations was 31%.
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