Toolmakers and engineering patternmakers construct and restore tools, dies, jigs, fixtures and other precision parts and equipment for machine tools and other machinery.

They also construct full-size engineering, visual and experimental models and design models for the manufacture of prototype developmental products.

Where toolmakers and engineering patternmakers are employed

Toolmakers and engineering patternmakers mainly work in manufacturing, arts and recreation services, agriculture, forestry and fishing.


Full-time toolmakers and engineering patternmakers in South Australia generally earn between $1,000 and $1,249 per week.

Pay scale Toolmaker

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 654 people employed full-time as toolmakers and engineering patternmakers in South Australia compared with 1,080 in 2006.

How to become one

To become a mechanical engineering tradesperson you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in engineering - mechanical trade. Entry requirements may vary but employers generally require year 10.  Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

For more information see apprenticeships.  

See courses related to this occupation.

Licensing or Registration Requirements

In South Australia there are currently no licensing or registration requirements toolmakers and engineering patternmakers, however some employers require candidates to have completed an apprenticeship or obtain recognition.

Recognition of qualifications obtained outside Australia

If you have overseas gained qualifications and work experience you should visit a Registered Training Organisation for Recognition of Prior Learning.

For information about assessment of overseas qualifications, and looking for work in Australia visit Recognition of overseas qualifications or contact Skilled Arrival Services on 08 8303 2420 or email

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