Tool Designer Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 2,035 Tool Designer resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

Five Key Resume Tips For Landing A Tool Designer Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Test Procedures, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write A Tool Designer Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Tool Designer CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
For Tool Designers, the skill that stands out above all others in terms of how frequently it shows up on tool designer resumes is test procedures, which is more than twice as common as the next common skill: engineering department. Including these skills on your resume won't necessarily make you stand out from the crowd, but they can help reinforce your experience as a tool designer.
Top Skills for a Tool Designer
CAD, 5%
Catia, 5%
CNC, 4%
See All Tool Designer Skills
Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
The work experience section of a resume is all about highlighting the achievements that an employer would want to see. Here are some examples from different Tool Designers:

Example # 1

Tool Designer

  • Designed Laser Targeting System Check Fixture for accuracy of ATA Assembly of Section 41 Floor Grid.
  • Used both manual drafting techniques and CAD/CAM systems.
  • Acted as CATIA focal for Tool Design Department in cost-saving initiatives/special projects.
  • Executed design work with CATIA.
  • Planned and supervised laser tracker and theodolite surveys for master gauges.

Example # 2

Tool Designer

Foley Co
  • Design, detail & check manual fourth axis for custom multi-axis CNC grinder.
  • Develop Injection Mold RFQ for new business quoting.
  • Designed surface, solid model with UG NX7.5.
  • Implemented design changes to various underwater counter-measure devices using PTC Creo 1.0-2.0 and Wildfire.DoD Security Clearance (Secret).
  • Designed plastic injection molds including detailed drawings and BOM's using SolidWorks.

Example # 3

Machinist Apprentice

  • Program & operate MAZAK CNC machines.
  • Adjust machine controls and change tool settings to keep dimensions within specified tolerances.
  • Operated CNC Lathe to manufacture valves for oilfield .
  • Operated turret punch, shear, brake press, welding equipment (MIG and TIG)
  • Edit and create programs as needed on Okuma and Fanuc controls.

Example # 4


  • Created Fabrication Orders from Rebar Detail Drawings.
  • Detail drafted commercial office desk drawings of different assembly by using AutoCAD 2012 software.
  • Modeled different boat parts using sketcher in Unigraphics (NX)/ Teamcenter and some surface modeling.
  • Used AutoCAD to create for precast concrete structural components and plate details for parking decks
  • Convey clear and concise design improvements through 3D Solid CAD rendering and or physical testing of proto-type projects.

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Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your tool designer skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from tool designer resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
As a tool designer, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Tool Designer roles often require a Post-Secondary Certificate degree or higher, so the majority of tool designer resumes that we looked at contained a post-secondary certificate degree.
Based on our analysis of tool designer resumes, the most common major for tool designer candidates is Drafting And Design, but other majors made their way in as well. Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Industrial Technology were relatively common.
As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

Tool Designer Salary

Did your resume land you an interview? Be prepared to talk salary.

How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for Tool Designers. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Tool Designers to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%