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Toolmakers Series: Krysten, Apprentice Toolmaker

We've talked about our tooling and service capabilities and shown some of the neat stuff we've done over the years.


But none of these would've been possible without the dedication of our people, who work diligently, and - pun intended - adeptly, behind the scenes.


Get to know our people, their journey, and their expertise as we share with you our ⚒️ Toolmakers Series 🛠️ over the next couple of weeks.


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This week, we talked to one of our Apprentice Toolmakers about her journey into toolmaking.


Read on to learn more about her experience.




The Job Description

A manufacturing toolmaker (or machinist) is an integral part of the Adept business. They make, modify and repair moulds and dies for use in the manufacturing process to make products. From precision tools to intricate machined parts, to die making – there’s a wide range of things you can be expected to do.


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❓Tell us a bit about yourself, and how you got into toolmaking?


✅ KRYSTEN:

My brother is an engineer – and I found myself to be similarly mechanically minded. Figured I could do something similar, so I applied for my first apprenticeship in toolmaking. I’ve since realised that I really enjoyed being intellectually stimulated while still being able to work with my hands.


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❓Did you have any reservations about being female in a very male-dominated industry? Why/why not?


✅ KRYSTEN:

No, I did not. I have several brothers and have always been comfortable in male dominated workplaces and environments.


The thing is any reputable company with good values will focus on you as the worker and what you can do – not your gender.


While there are some biological challenges – like not being as strong or as tall as my male colleagues – these don’t exactly impede my ability to do the job.


The guys help me find ways to tackle the same job in a way that’s safe and right for me. I’ve had to learn a different way of carrying things. And yes, sometimes I use a stool.


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❓What does a normal day look like for you?


✅ KRYSTEN:

It’s varied. But all very task based. My manager gives me clear responsibilities to complete with an emphasis on learning. Each task I finish not only helps to develop the skills I need to complete my apprenticeship, but it also contributes to the end result where I can appreciate and am appreciated for my value as a team member.


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❓What do you like the most about being a toolmaker?


✅ KRYSTEN:

I enjoy the problem-solving aspect. And being able to work with my hands/machinery to create and/or fix things.


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❓What is the most valuable skill/lesson you've learnt and how does that serve you now?


✅ KRYSTEN:

To not be afraid to test things out. To ask questions. And to plan things out.


Really helps to increase my proficiency in finishing tasks.


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❓Any advice for people who want to get into tool making as a career?


✅ KRYSTEN:

Find an apprenticeship or training scheme through a reputable company who will teach you well.


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For more information on Toolmaking as a career, check out the Competenz website, or talk to your local tertiary provider.

https://www.competenz.org.nz/apprenticeships/toolmaker






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