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Tool makers, tool fitters and markers-out

£19,240 Average salary at age 20
£34,840 Average Salary
47 Average hours per week


Tool makers, tool fitters and markers-out mark out metal for machining and fit, assemble and repair machine and press tools, dies, jigs, fixtures and other tools.

Main Tasks

  • Examines drawings and specifications to determine appropriate method and sequence of operations;
  • Marks out reference points using measuring instruments and tools such as punches, rules and squares;
  • Operates hand and machine tools to shape workpieces to specifications and checks accuracy of machining;
  • Assembles prepared parts, checks their alignment with micrometers, optical projectors and other measuring equipment and adjusts as necessary;
  • Repairs damaged or worn tools.


There are no formal academic requirements although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades. Engineering apprenticeships, BTEC and City and Guilds qualifications are available together with on-the-job training. NVQs/ SVQs at Level 2 are available.

UK Prospects

9500 Workforce Size
5.38% Predicted decline 2023 - 2027
1516 Predicted Replacement 2023 - 2027

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