Aerospace Tooling Engineer

Aerospace Tooling Engineers Play Key Role in Production of Aircraft, Spacecraft

For a vast majority of the general population, the tools that they might need/use for any construction and maintenance around their homes and properties tend to be all-purpose in nature. A hammer, a set of screwdrivers, one or two shovels, and a socket or wrench set will likely be found in their garages or sheds; in most cases, this collection of tools is sufficient, or perhaps simply deemed to be sufficient, for the bulk of their needs.

However, while ‘good enough’ might be acceptable in some situations, it is certainly not the case in engineering circles, especially relative to the aerospace field. The aerospace industry involves the design and construction of various aircraft that operate within the earth’s atmosphere (e.g.: airplanes and helicopters) and spacecraft that fly beyond the atmosphere (such as space shuttles, orbiters, rovers, satellites); there is simply no room for error or inaccuracy in the manufacturing of these craft, and particularly if they are utilized to transport passengers and crews.

Due to the precise nature of such craft or equipment, and their often unique designs and specifications, the machining and tooling required in their production must also have the utmost degree of accuracy/precision; and this is where aerospace tooling engineers play a most significant role.

Aerospace tooling engineers design and build the precision tools used by internal teams in the manufacturing of complex parts and components for aircraft and spacecraft. This role requires a high degree of competency in a number of core areas, including:

  • Metal Cutting
  • Mold Designing
  • Tool and Die Making
  • Press and Machine Tools
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC)

With respect to their specific duties or responsibilities, the job descriptions for aerospace tooling engineers might reflect the following:

  • Design cost-effective tooling to job specifications
  • Design appropriate machining and checking fixtures
  • Ensure that designs meet internal and customer standards
  • Make recommendations for tooling modifications/improvements
  • Effective project management – budget, status reports, problem solving
  • Create and maintain all necessary and appropriate technical documentation
  • Set degrees of accuracy via Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)

A Bachelor or Master of Science Degree in engineering would be the customary minimum requirement for entry into the discipline of tooling engineer; proficiency in the following courses of study would also be an asset:


Machine Design

Computer Science

Project Management

Problem Solving/Decision Making

The work environment for an aerospace tooling engineer consists primarily of time spent in or near the manufacturing/factory floor area; some shift work might also be required.

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Candidates with a scientific orientation – technical, methodical, and precise – will be best suited for a career as an aerospace tooling engineer; gaining entry into the field could be challenging but its rewards, both tangible and intangible, can also be rather gratifying.

Individuals looking to begin or advance their career as an aerospace tooling engineer will be well-advised to speak with an experienced placement consultant at Winters Technical Staffing, a leading staffing agency in Toronto and its surrounding area for over 40 years.

The aerospace industry in an area of specialization for Winters Technical Staffing, and these professionals can provide the insight and guidance that candidates will need when seeking employment within that market sector. Furthermore, Winters Technical Staffing maintains strong working relationships with many employers in the aerospace industry, and will often have access to/knowledge of present or pending employment opportunities for aerospace tooling engineers that may not be advertised publicly.

Please see Industry Specialties for further information on the specialization of Winters Technical Staffing relative to the aerospace field, including the recruitment and placement of tooling engineers.

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Looking to pursue a career opportunity in the aerospace industry as a tooling engineer? You may find benefit in the insight and support available from the placement specialists at one of the leading recruiting agencies in Toronto for the aerospace industry. Call the consultants from Winters Technical Staffing today at 416-495-7422 to request a complimentary career discussion.