What does a Tool and Gauge Inspector (239B) do?

Tool & Gauge Inspectors inspect, test, and adjust new and reworked tools, dies, jigs, fixtures and gauges. To become a Tool and Gauge Inspector, you are likely already working as a Tool & Die Maker.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Reading and interpreting blueprints, charts, and schematics
  • Computing angles, radii, and other dimensions using algebra, geometry, and trigonometry
  • Verifying dimensions of machined parts or tooling; maintaining precision measuring and testing equipment
  • Testing moving parts and mechanical functions and reporting specification and tolerance deviations to supervisors
  • Maintaining accurate and complete inspection records
  • Understanding and applying safety protocols

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma with senior math and English credits
  • May have experience as a Tool & Die Maker with an opportunity to specialize in the trade
  • While not mandatory, completion of a 3,000-4,000 hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job training and in-school training
  • Class sessions cover:
    • Metallurgy
    • Technical math
    • Applied physics
    • Quality assurance standards
    • Precision measuring and checking technology
    • Tooling fabrication; assembly and disassembly techniques

What's Your Future as a Tool and Gauge Inspector (239B)?

  • Shift work is common; primarily indoor industrial settings
  • Repetitive work with exposure to high noise levels, fumes, and confined spaces
  • Employers include metal product manufacturers, primary steel producers, aircraft manufacturers, machine shops, vehicle manufacturers, and machinery and equipment manufacturers

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers average $15.00-$40.00 per hour. They are most commonly paid about $18.00 per hour.


Tool and Gauge Inspector (239B)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you enjoy working with your hands?
Are you comfortable working with numbers and performing calculations?
Do you enjoy working with a variety of tools and machinery?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Can you spot differences in size, shape and form?
Would you enjoy interacting with site supervisors, customers, suppliers, co-workers and other tradespeople to get the job done?
Can you read and interpret blueprints and schematics?

If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Tool and Gauge Inspector may be for you!

You might want to look at these similar trades as well;

  • General Machinist
  • Mould Maker
  • Pattern Maker
  • Construction Millwright/Industrial Mechanic
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Tool/Tooling Maker
  • Machine Fitter
  • Machine Shop Inspector

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