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Career Guidance

Career in Tool , Die Making and Moulding
By Ameen-e-Mudassar

What is Tool and Die Making ?

Tool and die making is the process of producing tools, dies, and special devices that enable machines to make products. Tool and die makers are among the most highly skilled production workers. Computerised equipment is an integral part of the process.

Nature of Work

Tool and die makers usually work in tool rooms. The area where they work are quiet places compared to the production floors since they are more with automated computer systems. The tool and die personnel use computer-controlled machines which are totally enclosed, minimising the exposure of workers to noise, dust, and the lubricants used to cool work pieces during machining.

Job responsibilities

1. Craft precision tools used to cut, shape, and form metal and other materials.

2. Construct metal forms (dies) used to shape metal in forging and stamping operations.

3. Develop and design new tools and dies.

4. Measure and mark the pieces of metal that will be cut to form parts of the final product.

5. Use computer-aided drafting (CAD) to develop products and parts.

6. Use computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to layout and cut parts. May use other computer-controlled machines.

7. Fitting and putting together machines by hand, and

Current trends

Excellent job opportunities in manufacturing industries, especially outside India in Countries like Singapore, Malaysia, China, Japan, Indonesia, Korea, US, etc. A qualified tool and die maker can easily get an immediate job after his Diploma in India or Abroad. In US, a fresh tool and die maker earns close to $18 per hour . Once a tool and die maker gains good experience, he can increase his rank and get into senior positions like castings inspector, department supervisor, technical advisor, cost estimator and designer.

The study path Courses

1. Certificate in Tool and Die Making – 1 or 2 years

2. Diploma in Tool and Die Making – 3 or 4 years

3. BE – Tool and Die Making – 4 years. ( offered by IIT, Delhi. through All India Entrance)

4. P.G. Diploma in Tool Design, Moulding, etc. 1 year

5. Quality Control and Management Courses – 6 months / 1 year.

6. Apprenticeship Training – 3 or 4 years

Eligibility : 10th / PUC/ 12th pass with atleast 50%. But for reputed Institutes, a seat is offered through a selection process in which academics are considered.

Aptitude requirements

1. Make fast, simple, repeated movements of fingers, hands, and wrists.

2. Good written and spoken skills in English.

3. Ability to reason and apply ideas.

4. Ability to design equipment and technology to meet user needs.

5. Should have mechanical ability and be able to work independently.

On-the-job Training / Apprenticeship

Many companies like MICO, SISI, etc. believe in On-the-Job training i.e. offering Apprenticeship for aspiring Tool and Die Makers. The 10th / 12th pass candidates are admitted for the 3 or 4 year apprenticeship program. The admissions begin just after the announcement of the SSLC / 10th Std results.

Colleges / Institutes (Indicative List)

The Government has set up Tool Room and Training centers in several cities / towns of India which offer the Certificate and Diploma Courses in Tool and Die Making. For the complete list, you can visit your state technical education board or search on the internet.

Tool Room and Training Centre, Wazirpur Industrial Area, Delhi 110052.

Central Institute of Hand Tools, GT Rd By-pass, Near Maqsudan Chowk, Jalandhar 144008.

Government Tool Room and Training Center, Rajajinagar, Bangalore.

Nettur Technical Training foundation, Peenya Industrial Estate, Bangalore.

Job Opportunities

As a skilled worker who has finished training, a good tool and die maker can find opportunities to work as machinists, computer control programmers and operators, machine setter operator and tenders- metal and plastic in the following industries.

1. Metalworking machinery.

2. Motor vehicle parts.

3. Metal forging and stamping.

4. Plastic products.

For more details Contact
Momin Students Welfare Trust (M.S.W.T)
# 214, United School Building, Ilyasnagar,
J.P.Nagar Post, Bangalore – 560 078.
Ph : 080-26669784 Mobile : 98455 67687
Email: [email protected]
Website :

Free Career Guidance and Counselling Workshops

Momin Students Welfare Trust – M.S.W Career Guidance and Information Center will be conducting Career Guidance and Counselling Workshops / Programs for the Students who have appeared for 10th and PUC Exams this year, April 2006. Last April 2005, these FREE workshops were conducted in Bangalore, Mangalore, Sirsi, Raichur and Ambur which benefited more than 700 students. The workshops are scheduled on different dates. Kindly contact us to know the exact dates.

Join hands : We request Muslim NGO’s working in any part of India, and interested in conducting FREE career guidance programmes, to extend their support in conducting a career guidance programme in their respective towns and cities.

For more details, contact: Momin Students Welfare Trust