Tool-, Jig- and Die-maker

The tool-, jig- and die-maker manufactures a wide variety of equipment, for example, pressing tools, jigs and gauges. These products are used by operators to mass-produce other products and parts.

In tool-making this artisan produces devices that hold metal while it is shaved, stamped or drilled. The toolmaker makes gauges and measuring devices used in manufacturing precision parts.

Jigs are devices used to clamp pieces of metal or other material in a required position and to guide the tools being used. This eliminates the need to mark and position pieces of work individually.

These artisans construct dies (forms) to shape metal used in stamping and forging operations. Moulds are also made for die-casting and for moulding plastics.

The tool-, jig- and die-maker may also build and repair worn or damaged dies, gauges and fixtures.


  • motorcar manufacturing

  • metal industry

  • aerospace industries

  • engineering factories

  • plastics industries

  • self-employment, with enough experience, can practise this trade on a private basis

Getting Started

  • visit a large engineering firm or manufacturing organisation and observe these artisans at work

  • arrange to speak to tool-, jig- and die-makers about this type of career

  • contact the Department of Labour about learnership possibilities in your area


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