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Become A Tool Designer

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Working As A Tool Designer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $72,486

    Average Salary

What Does A Tool Designer Do At Kelly Services

* Product design and development, both at the conceptual stage as well as final detail design during the execution phase.
* In addition to product design itself, product prototyping, product tooling design and manufacturing.
* Specifically, the job posted consists of three areas It is expected that while most candidates are not expert in all of these competencies, very high skill in concept development and real life expertise in computer aided design is imperative along with interest and willingness to learn the remainder are essential. : 1.
* Develop part and tooling designs, primarily using CAD type resources working in conjunction with engineers.
* Work with tooling resources including Prototype Shop CNC Mold Manufacturing equipment to execute the work necessary to build high quality molds, tooling prototypes.
* Work with rapid prototyping resources to create samples of new product designs that can be shown to potential customers and used for functional testing

What Does A Tool Designer Do At Volt Information Sciences

* Plans and designs all necessary tool components assigned by using resources available to ensure optimum design at minimum fabrication expense.
* Design and repair plastic injection molds.
* Actively maintains and improves knowledge of tool design, machines, engineering standards, procedures, new technology (materials, hydraulic and/or pneumatic clamping, etc.) through personal training and education.
* Meets all delivery, quality, and cost objectives associated with tool design responsibilities through optimum utilization of available machines, labor, information and technology.
* Provides technical support to requests, suggestions and inquiries from Tool Services, Engineering and Quality personnel.
* Provides all tool components necessary to complete the fabrication of assigned tool orders

What Does A Tool Designer Do At Warren Rupp, Inc.

* Plan, coordinate, develop and design new concepts and tool designs for complex tools, fixtures, gages, and auxiliary equipment to facilitate the implementation of new and revised products for the core manufacturing processes.
* Designs and specifies hydraulic and pneumatic devices, hydrostatic testing equipment, and assembly tools.
* Makes calculations for simple force systems and positioning.
* Must maintain a thorough knowledge of CAD including record maintenance, directory set-ups, and training assistance.
* Must maintain a high level of technical tooling and fixture knowledge

What Does A Tool Designer Do At Viva USA Inc.

* Plans, coordinates and performs design work for complex 3D engineering models and components.
* Exhibits detailed knowledge of Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T) Standards and can apply it to many varied situations.
* Performs as expert user of 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) system with considerable experience in Top Down design work for complex 3D engineering models and components.
* May provide document maintenance and have responsibility for placement and routing of electronic circuits.
* May create Printed Circuit Board (PCB) fabrication drawings, plan PCB projects and create electronic schematic diagrams.
* Provides modeling leadership and counsel to other employees

What Does A Tool Designer Do At Strattec Security Corp.

* Conceptualizes, plans, and executes the design of zinc die cast and plastic injection mold tooling.
* Analyzes product designs for manufacturing feasibility and makes improvement recommendations to shorten delivery
* time, cut costs and improve quality.
* Specifies purchased tooling components and follows through for timely and accurate delivery (mold frames, other
* mold/tooling components).
* Collaborates in a team environment with product designers, process engineers, production personnel, toolmakers,
* CNC programmers and various vendors to optimize tool design per suggestions of above team members.
* Publishes and disseminates models and drawings to management, programmers, toolmakers, and other users.
* Assist in tracking tool progress in terms of both budget and timing.
* Follows established standards and procedures including modeling techniques, file storage procedures and training in
* accordance with quality procedures.
* Assists in the development tooling standards in team based environment.
* Participates in tooling design reviews providing suggestions for improvement where necessary

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How To Become A Tool Designer

Drafters typically need specialized training, which can be accomplished through a technical program that leads to a certificate or an associate’s degree in drafting.


Drafters generally need to complete postsecondary education in drafting. This is typically done through a 2-year associate’s degree from a technical institute or community college.

Technical institutes offer instruction in design fundamentals, sketching, and CAD (computer-aided design) software and award certificates or diplomas upon completion. Programs vary in length but are generally 2 years of full-time education. The types of courses offered will also vary by institution. Some institutions may specialize in only one type of drafting, such as mechanical or architectural drafting.

Community colleges offer programs similar to those in technical institutes that lead to an associate of applied science in drafting or related degree. After completing an associate’s degree program, graduates may get jobs as drafters or continue their education in a related field at a 4-year college. Most 4-year colleges do not offer training in drafting, but they do offer classes in engineering, architecture, and mathematics.

To prepare for postsecondary education, high school students who take courses in mathematics, science, computer technology, design, computer graphics, and where available, drafting, may find such classes useful.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The American Design Drafting Association (ADDA) offers certification for drafters. Although not mandatory, certification demonstrates competence and knowledge of nationally recognized practices. Certifications are offered for several specialties, including architectural, civil, and mechanical drafting.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Drafters must be able to turn plans and ideas into technical drawings that will guide the creation of real buildings, tools, and systems.

Detail oriented. Drafters must pay close attention to details so that the plans they convert are technically accurate according to the outlined specifications.

Interpersonal skills. Drafters work closely with architects, engineers, and other designers to make sure that final plans are accurate. This requires the ability to take advice and constructive criticism, as well as to offer it.

Math skills. Drafters work on technical drawings. They may be required to solve mathematical calculations involving factors such as angles, weights, and costs.

Technical skills. Drafters in all specialties must be able to use computer software, such as CAD, and work with database tools, such as BIM (building information modeling).

Time-management skills. Drafters often work under strict deadlines. As a result, they must work efficiently in order to produce the required output according to set schedules.

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Tool Designer Career Paths

Tool Designer
Product Designer Senior Designer Art Director
Contract Designer
6 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Mechanical Designer Piping Designer
Design Checker
13 Yearsyrs
Tool Design Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Project Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Tool Engineer Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer
Lead Design Engineer
7 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Process Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Product Development Engineer Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Development Engineer Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Design Engineer Product Engineer Product Development Engineer
Project Management Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Engineer Architect Design Drafter
Senior Design Drafter
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Design Engineer
Senior Design Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Designer
Senior Designer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Senior Design Engineer Computer Aide
Senior Drafter
6 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Mechanical Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Senior Manufacturing Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Design Engineer Mechanical Design Engineer
Senior Mechanical Designer
11 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Designer Mechanical Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer
11 Yearsyrs
Product Designer Mechanical Designer Senior Designer
Senior Product Designer
8 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Product Engineer
Senior Product Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Tool Engineer Project Engineer Engineering Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Tool Designer Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Mandarin

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Russian

  • Carrier

  • Swedish

  • Turkish

  • Japanese

  • Mongolian

  • Cantonese

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Real Tool Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Tool Designer A-1 Jays MacHining, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 27, 2016 $93,000
Project Manager-Tool Design Advantage Technical Resourcing, Inc. Norwood, MA Aug 28, 2015 $90,730
Designer Business Intelligence-Informatica Tool APS Healthcare, Inc. Brookfield, WI Nov 22, 2010 $90,000
Designer Business Intelligence 2/Tool Administrato APS Healthcare, Inc. Brookfield, WI Aug 30, 2010 $90,000
Tool Designer A-1 Jays MacHining, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 08, 2010 $90,000
Engineer, Thermoforming Tooling Design PWP Industries Vernon, CA Mar 22, 2010 $80,000
Engineer, Thermoforming Tooling Design PWP Industries Vernon, CA Apr 05, 2010 $80,000
Project Manager-Tool Design Advantage Technical Resourcing, Inc. Raynham, MA Jan 12, 2015 $78,600
Tool Designer-Unigraphics Advantage Technical Resourcing, Inc. Raynham, MA Dec 01, 2012 $69,971
Tool Designer Concur Engineering Solutions, LLC Warren, MI Feb 11, 2015 $66,400 -
Tool Designer Salter Labs Arvin, CA Mar 08, 2010 $61,547
Project Engineer-Tool Design Geometric Americas, Inc. Peoria, IL Sep 11, 2015 $61,500
Tool Designer QSD Manufacturing, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 28, 2008 $54,700
Tool Designer QSD Manufacturing, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 25, 2007 $54,700

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Top Skills for A Tool Designer


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Top Tool Designer Skills

  1. Assembly Fixtures
  2. Engineering Department
  3. Cad/Cam
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed, modified and standardized safe tooling ranging from simple hand tools and assembly fixtures to complicated hydraulic testing equipment.
  • Coordinate with Tool Room Supervisor all tooling modifications arising from the Engineering Department.
  • Utilized the latest versions on CAD/CAM technology in the production of equipment to aerospace requirements.
  • Designed and maintained eyelet & progressive tooling on an Auto Cad platform.
  • Design and detail sheet metal stamping tools, deep draw dies, and assorted fixtures for CNC lathes and welding.

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