Senior Tool Designer

Dynacast Ltd. - Peterborough, ON (13 months ago)

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Dynacast Peterborough is known for its multi-slide technology, standard die casting with integrated automation, and IMA (Injected Metal Assembly) precision zinc manufacturing. IMA offers a unique process where precision tooling is combined with metal alloys and is used to join multiple components into a ready-to-use assembly with a single operation. Dynacast Peterborough is dedicated to designing, building, manufacturing, and delivering quality die cast components. Below are additional details about what is offered at the Peterborough location:

  • 40 multi-slide proprietary zinc die casting machines ranging from 12 to 21 tons
  • Five multi-slide proprietary zinc die casting machines ranging from 70 to 200 tons
  • Injected Metal Assembly (IMA) up to one ton
  • Precision tool building with in-house capabilities
  • Design, prototyping, and modeling services
  • Wide range of finishing surfaces available including tumbling, polishing, shot blasting and thermal de-burring
  • Offers cosmetic or protective coating equipment either through certified suppliers or in-house
  • Wide range of secondary operations including CNC machining, tapping, reaming, and drilling

Position Summary:

This position exists in order to design complex tooling or modify existing zinc die cast component designs to produce products, that meet customer and safety specifications/requirements, with a focus on the ease of manufacturing product to specification, at the least possible cost to the Company.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

To provide manufacturing with a complete design package for tooling and equipment developed from a concept through to finish detailed drawings. The design for both tooling and equipment must focus on safety manufacturing and castability.

  • Receive project outline and conceptualize design in consultation with the assigned Engineering Manager;
  • Complete CAD layout of tooling/equipment ensuring the layout and all created documentation/instructions are accurate, detailed and focused on ease of manufacturing and process/production capabilities. All designs must comply with applicable safety and ergonomic standards;
  • Communicate directly with the customer to negotiate castability requirements (tooling);
  • Perform gate calculations (tooling) or stress/load calculations (equipment) as required;
  • Generate 3D model of the die cast component (tooling) including all necessary documentation to support manufacturing;
  • Check the finished design, drawings and documents for errors;
  • Consult directly with the customer and/or other departments (manufacturing, purchasing, production) to resolve design issues and continually improve our products and services;
  • Act as project leader/coordinator for assigned design improvement/automation projects and/or major cost reduction initiatives on new and existing tooling/equipment;
  • Develop and maintain tooling and equipment standards;
  • Maintain all system files and update drawings to ensure accuracy of information that is used by manufacturing;
  • Support the manufacturing departments throughout the production process including facilitating pre- and post-manufacturing meetings as required;
  • Identify methods to improve the design process and utilization of CAD;
  • Provide support for Engineering Manager as required (Quoting new projects, supplier quotes and program management); and
  • Perform Advanced Gate & Flow Analysis by mean’s of Simulation Software – MAGMA Flow.

Education & Experience Required:

  • 2 year Mechanical Engineering Technician Diploma; AND
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ design experience as a Tool Designer, preferably within a high precision (+/- .0002”/ .005mm) manufacturing environment; OR
  • Minimum Grade 12, AND
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience as a Tool Designer or completion of a technical apprenticeship (Toolmaker or Design) preferred

Skills & Knowledge Required:

  • Intermediate level skill and working knowledge of the die cast/injection molding machine process and controls, machine safety standards (ANSI, EC) and Occupational Health & Safety standards
  • Intermediate level blueprint reading and interpretation - engineering and customer drawings
  • Intermediate level proficiency in Computer Aided Design (CAD), with ProE preferred
  • Intermediate level mechanical aptitude skills
  • Knowledge of mechanics (statics & dynamics), fluid power, thermodynamics, machine design, machining practices, electrical controls and sequencing requirements, piping, and tool makingprinciples
  • Ability to use and complete conversions in both metric and imperial measurement systems
  • Proficiency in College level geometry and trigonometry
  • Full working knowledge of drafting practices and standards and fits and tolerances
  • Fully proficient in Flow Simulation Software - MAGMA

Job Type: Full-time


  • CAD software, specifically ProE: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Tool design: 5 years (Preferred)
  • MAGMA Flow simulation software: 2 years (Preferred)


  • Peterborough, ON (Preferred)