Toolmaking Apprenticeships

The Craft of Toolmaking

A toolmaker is a skilled worker who produces and maintains precision tools used in the production of metal, plastic and other materials of all shapes and sizes. The work of a toolmaker involves interpreting drawings and technical data to machine and assemble with great accuracy jigs, fixtures, moulding tools, dies and punches.

Care and attention to detail and high precision are the hallmark of Toolmaking. They operate a range of specialist engineering machines such as lathes, milling machines, Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machines, grinding, milling and boring machines. Drilling and spark erosion equipment are the key skills as are the use of precision, marking out and measuring tools.

Toolmakers require many skills including:

  • Working with a variety of specialised hand and power tools
  • Operating a range of specialist engineering machines
  • Interpreting and analysing technical drawings and specifications
  • Measuring, marking out, cutting and machining mild steel, stainless steel, alloy steels and aluminium plate and pipe

Personal Qualities and Skills

An awareness of health and safety and good housekeeping is essential as well as attention to detail. Producing high levels of accuracy demands patience and concentration. You need to be able to read, understand and analyse engineering drawings. Good numeric skills are important to make precise measurements and calculations.

The Toolmaker must have the ability to:

  • Solve problems practically
  • Communicate effectively
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Patience
  • Adaptability
  • Plan and Organise Logically
  • Good co-ordination and hand skills
  • Work independently and as part of a team
  • Show a positive attitude
  • Recognise the need for good customer relations
  • Demonstrate good work practices including time keeping, tidiness, responsibility, quality awareness and safety awareness

Metal Fabrication Apprenticeships

The Craft of Metal Fabrication

What is a Metal Fabricator?

The Metal Fabricator’s work involves the installation and manufacture of a range of metallic systems to include pressure vessels, tank and boiler manufacture, structural steel systems, plate steel systems and piping systems.

Metal fabricators can shape steel components with the aid of thermal cutting equipment and a range of machinery used in bending, folding and cutting metal plate and pipe components.

Thermal processes such as MMA (Manual Metal Arc) welding, TIG/TAG (Tungsten Inert Gas and Tungsten Active Gas) welding MIG/MAG (Metal Inert Gas and Metal Active Gas welding and oxy acetylene welding and brazing are skills used by the metal fabricator.

Metal Fabricators require many skills including:

  • Working with a variety of specialised hand and power tools
  • Knowledge of a range of metal fabrication processes
  • Performing a range of welding processes
  • Interpreting technical drawings and specifications
  • Measuring, marking out, cutting and welding mild steel, stainless steel, alloy steels and aluminium plate and pipe
  • Installation of structural steel systems

Personal Qualities and Skills

As a Metal Fabricator you will need to be physically active and to be able to work with your hands. An awareness of health and safety and good housekeeping is essential as well as attention to detail.

The Metal Fabricator must have the ability to:

  • Plan and organise
  • Communicate effectively
  • Solve problems
  • Work independently and as part of a team
  • Show a positive attitude
  • Recognise the need for good customer relations
  • Demonstrate good work practices including time keeping, tidiness, responsibility, quality awareness and safety awareness

 

TEG is an equal opportunity employer