Tool Engineer

Troubleshoot and improve heavy industrial machinery and tools.
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Salary Range
$50,000 – $113,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Tool Engineers do?

Tool Engineers and Tool Design Engineers often work very closely, but their jobs are slightly different. Tool Engineers specialize in applying new types of powered devices (“tools”) in industrial settings, and troubleshooting them once they are in use.

This job blends hard scientific knowledge, practical applications, and hands-on experience. The result is a marriage of form, function, and efficiency that doesn’t happen by accident. If you want to work on larger-than-life machines and projects, then being a Tool Engineer could be the right career for you.

Employed in-house by large firms specializing in heavy equipment, or else by companies that deal with many smaller outfits that use heavy equipment, you spend every day dealing with some of the most powerful machines on the planet. While Heavy Equipment Technicians service and repair some of the same machines, only Tool Engineers like you possess the in-depth scientific and engineering knowledge necessary to troubleshoot specific issues. More importantly, you understand if a device is functioning properly, or how it could possibly work more efficiently. Your knowledge and experience can save a company millions of dollars with a simple tweak in the field.

Similarly, that same knowledge can translate into savings in the long run as you bring your field data back to the laboratory. Using what you’ve learned in school and the real world, and combining those skills with those of your teammates and Tool Design Engineers, you can help the next generation of products become even better.
Engineers devote themselves to many things, but most value efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity. As a Tool Engineer, you always keep these three elements in mind as you do your daily duties. You need to be efficient to get all your work done in 40 hours each week, because when big projects come down the pike, nobody goes home until they’re finished—and that includes you.

Should I be a Tool Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: Efficiency Engineer, Methods Engineer, QA Engineer, Supply Chain Engineer, Work-Measurement Engineer

    How to become a Tool Engineer

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