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Career Details :: Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic
Lay out, machine, fit, and assemble castings and parts to metal or plastic foundry patterns, core boxes, or match plates.
A minimum of two to four years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
- Verifies conformance of pattern or template dimensions to specifications, using measuring instruments such as calipers, scales, and micrometers.
- Constructs platforms, fixtures, and jigs for holding and placing patterns.
- Sets up and operates machine tools, such as milling machines, lathes, drill presses, and grinders, to machine castings or pattern.
- Cuts, trims, shapes, and forms patterns or templates, using hand tools and power tools.
- Cleans and fine-finishes pattern or template, using emery cloth, files, scrapers, and power grinders.
- Assembles pattern sections, using hand tools, bolts, screws, rivets, or glue.
- Marks identification numbers or symbols onto pattern or template.
- Studies blueprint of part to be cast or pattern to be made, computes dimensions, and plans sequence of operations.
- Operates welding equipment to weld pattern together.
- Covers or sprays pattern used in producing plastic with plastic-impregnated fabric or coat of sealing lacquer or wax.
- Repairs and reworks templates and patterns.
- Makes templates or files for own use in inspection and finishing of particular shape.
- Designs and develops template or pattern according to work orders, sample parts, or mockups.
- Lays out and draws or scribes pattern onto material, using compass, protractor, ruler, scribe, or other instruments.
- Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
- Engraver Set-Up Operators
- Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
- Foundry Mold and Coremakers
- Grinding, Honing, Lapping, and Deburring Machine Set-Up Operators
- Press and Press Brake Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators, Metal and Plastic
- Shear and Slitter Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators, Metal and Plastic
- Tool and Die Makers
General Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Controlling Machines and Processes
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Drafting & Specifying Technical Devices, etc.
- Performing General Physical Activities
Frequent Work Context
- Consequence of Error
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Degree of Automation