Tool and Gauge Inspector
ACA, Unrestricted Certified Trade
A Tool and Gauge Inspector inspects, tests and adjusts new and reworked tools, dies, jigs, fixtures and gauges. You must already be a Tool and Die Maker before you can become a Tool and Gauge Inspector. They read and interpret blueprints, charts and schematics, compute and verify precision dimensions, follow safety protocol, test moving parts and functions, maintain equipment and report deviations from specifications or tolerances.
Tool and Gauge Inspectors use sophisticated numerical control systems, so high level math and reading skills are required. They generally work for metal products, steel, aircraft, machinery, motor vehicles, or hardware and tool manufacturers.
Related trades include Tool and Die Maker, Tool/Tooling Maker, General Machinist, Mould Maker, Pattern Maker, Construction Millwright/Industrial Mechanic, Machine Fitter or Machine Shop Inspector.
Education, Training, Experience and Skills Required:
- Grade 12 education or ministry-approved equivalent
- Grade 10 students may apply to the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) and gain work hours towards their overall apprenticeship
- Completion of an apprenticeship as a Tool and Die Maker (4 years)
- Completion of a two year apprenticeship program in Tool and Gauge Inspector
- Recommended high school courses include: English, advanced mathematics and sciences (physics), manufacturing technology, design technology
- To be successful, you should have good communication, analytical and problem-solving skills. You should enjoy working with your hands and various tools, working with numbers and making calculations. You should also enjoy keeping up with new technologies.
How to get Apprentice Certification:
- Complete a two year apprenticeship program
- Complete the terms of the Apprenticeship Contract to receive Certificate of Apprenticeship
- There is NO Certificate of Qualification or Interprovincial (Red Seal) Trade Certification available
Range from $15 to $40 per hour