How to become a toolmaker
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You could start by doing a college course to learn some of the skills you'll need in this job. Courses include:
- Level 1 Certificate in Engineering Technologies
- Level 2 Certificate in Engineering Operations
- Level 2 Diploma in Engineering
You may need:
- 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
You can complete an engineering operative intermediate apprenticeship or an engineering technician advanced apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You can start as an engineering operative in a workshop or factory and do further training on the job to specialise in toolmaking.
You can find out more about careers in engineering from Tomorrow's Engineers.