Tool makers, tool fitters and markers-out mark out metal for machining and fit, assemble and repair machine and press tools, dies, jigs, fixtures and other tools.


  • Repairs damaged or worn tools.
  • Assembles prepared parts, checks their alignment with micrometers, optical projectors and other measuring equipment and adjusts as necessary.
  • Operates hand and machine tools to shape workpieces to specifications and checks accuracy of machining.
  • Marks out reference points using measuring instruments and tools such as punches, rules and squares.
  • Examines drawings and specifications to determine appropriate method and sequence of operations.

Typical Education Level

Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 49% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£20,748 Average wage

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for tool maker, tool fitter or marker-out is £20,748

330 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 330. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for tool maker, tool fitter or marker-out roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £20,748 per year. That is about £1,729 per month or £10.64 per hour. New workers generally start on £18,930, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £48,978

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 330 people are employed in the region.

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