What Does a Mould Designer Do?

Mould Designer is an apprenticeship that will only be granted to an individual who has successfully completed a Certificate of Qualification for Mould Maker – 431A , further to C of Q the candidate must have on-the-job experience as a Journeyperson. The completion of this training will give the Journeyperson the generic /basic designing skills which will enable them to design (with additional on-the-job training) all types of moulds. Types of Mould designers include and may specialize in one of the following areas: compression, transfer, blow, extrusion, thermal set injection, thermal plastic injection, vacuum, and die cast moulds.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • performing job duties with care and precision
  • reading and interpreting blueprints and other product-related diagrams, charts or tables
  • Reading and Interpreting a Piece-Part Drawing then analyze for Mouldability/Manufacturability
  • Conveying information to CAD Programs/System
  •  Determining the type of mould
  • Design layout of mould components and parts also the sequence of Multi-Plate Openings
  • Creating Mould /Tooling Design  Also the Detailing and Dimensioning of the Design
  • Finalizing the drawing /design then implementing construction
  • Archiving/Maintaining Files

Additional information on training standards for this particular trade in the Industrial sector may be found on the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website at: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/trades/training-standards1/industrial








What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

To become a Mould Designer you must complete your secondary school diploma (Grade 12) ,with senior credits in science, chemistry, physics, math, and some computer technology and industrial crafts courses, before entering an apprenticeship of 4,000 hours or approximately 2 years of training (a combination of on-the-job and 240 hours in-school courses).  Apprentice must have completed Mould Maker apprenticeship of 8,000 hours or approximately 4 years of training (a combination of on-the-job and in-school courses). You must also successfully complete the required examinations and hours of employment in order to be awarded a Journeyperson certificate. This is the minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades.

What’s Your Future as a Mould Designer?

Mould Makers generally work full time, sometimes in shift work, in foundries or production shops. Overtime may be necessary from time to time to meet production deadlines. The types of foundries you may find employment with include:

  • steel foundries
  • grey iron foundries
  • malleable iron foundries
  • brass foundries (including bronze and aluminum)

Wage Rate

  • apprentices  start at a wage rate less than that of a journeyperson
  • this rate increases gradually as you gain competency and skill

Fully qualified Mould Designers can earn anywhere from $20.00/ hour to $30.00+/ hour, often with employee benefits and opportunities for overtime

Ask Yourself: Is Working as Mould Designer for You?

Have you completed a Certificate of Qualification for Mould Maker – 431A?

Yes      No

Do you have a good eye for detail, and the ability to spot flaws?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy working with numbers and are you accurate at it?

Yes      No

Would you mind working indoors, sometimes with metal heated to extremely high temperatures?

Yes      No

Can you read and understand written directions and follow them carefully?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy keeping up with and learning about new technology?

Yes      No

Are you able to work independently or with others to meet tight deadlines?

Yes      No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, Mould designing may be for you!

You may want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as: 

  • Tool and Die maker
  • Machinist
  • Metallurgist
  • Blacksmith
  • Foundry worker

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