Given their essential role in keeping our foundry operational, excellent communication skills are necessary for every toolmaker. Engineers are constantly working with every department. They help stores keep spend at a minimum while meeting production requirements, work with quality to track and fix dimensional issues, and our process engineering team to find solutions and make improvements continually.
As well as a holistic mindset, toolroom engineers must also possess a wide range of skills. Our team are capable of our onsite turning and milling machines, with conventional and CNC variations of each. Plus, they must possess good welding skills, be able to fettle by hand, and understand the cell’s hydraulic and electrical system. More recently we have made huge strides in our water-cooling capabilities, and our toolmakers have played an important role in innovating cooling circuits using printed inserts produced by our in-house additive manufacturing centre
A testament to our in-house training and development programme is how many of our toolroom engineers have learnt some or all these skills while employed at CastAlum! Our current toolroom team includes individuals with a background in electrical work, car mechanics, and carpentry! Several of them started on our shop floor as die cast operators before training in our toolroom department. We have also had several apprentices, who after rotating through the departments as part of our scheme, have gone on to become excellent toolmakers.
So, if you’re interested in getting into toolmaking as a career, it’s never too late! The most important quality of every toolmaker is that they enjoy the work they do. That is clearly apparent in the high-quality technical work accomplished by our toolroom engineers in the foundry every single day. To explore opportunities and learn how you can become a part of our team, visit our careers page.