Tool Engineer

Tool engineers design basic tools such as drills screw drivers pliers and saws. They also design tools that are used as part of an assembly process. Not only do they create new designs that will make tools and machines more efficient safer and easier to use but also they update already-existing tools and machines in order to improve how easily they can be handled by workers who will use them to build repair and manufacture various items. Tool engineers are responsible for communicating with various members of the manufacturing industry as well as potential clients who request certain kinds of tools in order to make sure the tools they ultimately design meet current safety codes and guidelines. Tool engineers must be well-versed in computer-aided design (CAD) which they often use to create models that can be put to various tests. Once actual test products are manufactured tool engineers arrange for them to be tested to make sure they actually work properly before they are mass produced for consumers. Most tool engineers are trained as mechanical engineers who after some years of experience focus on designing and updating tools. They usually have a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering preferably with some formal coursework in tool design although they may seek subsequent training specifically related to tool design. Their training never ends because they must update their skills and technological expertise on a regular basis. However they apply the basic principles of mechanical engineering to design tools which are then created according to their blueprints by skilled machinists often referred to as tool and die makers. Earnings for tool engineers depend on the location and type of employer as well as on their experience expertise and ability to come up with innovative ideas. The website careers.stateuniversity.com states that the median salary as with mechanical engineers is approximately $67000.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $67000
High Salary: $77000
Low Salary: $57000
Tasks: Develops tools for various industries.
Uses computer aided design programs to design tools.
Analyzes what types of tools work best for specific projects.
Ensures the safety of developed tools.
Also Called: Die Engineer
Mold Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Tool Designer
Additional Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tool_engineering
http://careers.stateuniversity.com/pages/578/Tool-Die-Maker.html
http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos225.htm