Toolmaker recruitment agencies - Manufacturing Engineering
Toolmakers are highly skilled specialists in making instruments to be used by engineers who craft a variety of products. They produce apparatus such as moulds, dies and jigs and work with composite materials and metals. As well as practical work, being a staff toolmaker involves using computer programs in manufacturing and design, while modern-day technology demands tools be created to be controlled by computers.
Recruitment agencies searching for ideal candidates in this expert sector usually advertise roles that involve working about 40 hours a week, with night shifts, weekend work and overtime the norm. Employment stations are usually workshops or factories, where staff are required to wear safety attire.
Workers can expect to earn about £15,000 at the beginning of their careers, rising to about £24,000 for experienced toolmakers and £35,000 for senior positions. Entry into the field can be gained via apprenticeship schemes, for which good GCSEs in technology, maths, science and English are desired. Other qualifications can be obtained which are relevant to the job, including BTECs in engineering and manufacturing or City & Guilds equivalents. Employers may offer on-the-job training for staff members to achieve NVQs in the relevant area.
Toolmakers should be proficient in reading engineering drawings, have a good knowledge of materials and competencies in precision, concentration and practical abilities.
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