Tool Designer, Industrial Salary
With about two in three of Industrial Tool Designers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $40K to $84K per year and averages out to $58K per year. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Industrial Tool Designers is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Tool Designer, Industrial
Industrial tool designers are responsible for implementing and maintaining the intricate technology which performs heavy lifting in designing tools for industrial capabilities. Some may be tasked with maintaining and utilizing 3D printers to create different tools, and much of this work is done on a computer to program devices to mold plastic and metals together and create complex tools with unique solutions for problems. This work is usually carried out in groups, but may also be performed independently, and they must be able to read instrument gauges for measurements and lift at least 50 pounds.Read More...
Industrial tool designers should have prior programming and design experience, particularly in geometric dimensions and tolerance, and prior experience with engineering using CNC machines is highly beneficial. Flexibility is important to respond directly to the needs of customers, and the frequency of individual jobs can vary over time. They must be highly familiar with applied mathematics and new engineering techniques in their ever-changing fields, and due to the influx of new materials being implemented in creating modern industrial tools, an up-to-date understanding of new techniques and the evolution of CNC machinery is highly recommended.
Tool Designer, Industrial Tasks
- Coordinate with assembly line and manufacturing engineers to provide tooling and fixtures for production orders.
- Participate in quality assurance programs and continuously search for process improvements.
- Troubleshoot technical issues in production and communicate with affected departments.
- Draft specifications or drawings to produce tools or fixtures.
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Popular Skills for Tool Designer, Industrial
Survey results suggest that Industrial Tool Designers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Pro/Engineer, AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and NX Unigraphics are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include CATIA, Engineering Design, and autodesk autocad. Autodesk autocad and SolidWorks are also commonly seen together.
Pay by Experience Level for Tool Designer, Industrial
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Industrial Tool Designers. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $42K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $52K. On average, Industrial Tool Designers make $59K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $66K on average.
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