What Does a Mould or Die Finisher Do?

Mould or Die Finishers (277M) use a variety of power and hand tools to shape, smooth, finish, and polish moulds or metal working dies.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • performing calculations and functions to determine plane geometric problems, solving trade specific problems using algebraic equations and calculating perimeter, areas and volume
  • reading and interpreting blueprints, job documentation, engineering drawings, charts, tables and reference material
  • selecting  finishing tools and materials as well as identifying hand-engraving/hand-finishing and polishing techniques
  • inspecting and verifying features of mould and die components and final products
  • operating hand and power tools
  • communicating verbally and in writing with co-workers and supervisors clearly and concisely
  • acquiring and using knowledge of metallurgy, metrology, mould and die finishing principles
  • performing job duties with care and precision

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 or Die Finisher Maker you must complete your secondary school diploma (Grade 12) , preferably with senior credits in science, and math, before entering an apprenticeship of 4,000 hours (a combination of on-the-job and in-school courses).  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 or Die Finisher?

Mould or Die Finishers generally work full time, sometimes in shift work, for parts or other manufacturing companies, or in production or machine shops. Shift work may be required, and overtime may be necessary to meet production deadlines. The skills of this trade are portable and could also be used in Mould Making, Tool & Die or Machining. Typical employers include:

  • motor vehicle manufacturers
  • tool and die shops
  • aircraft and parts manufacturers
  • hardware, tool and cutlery manufacturers
  • machinery and equipment manufacturers

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 or Die Finishers can earn anywhere from $15.00/ hour to $25.00/ hour, often with employee benefits and opportunities for overtime



Are you able to bend, stretch, reach or stand for long periods of time?

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

Do you persist until the job is done just right?

Yes      No

Can you read and and interpret blueprints, diagrams, charts, tables?

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 or Die Finisher may be for you!

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

  • Tool and Die maker
  • Mould Maker
  • Machinist
  • Metallurgist
  • Blacksmith

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