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Career Details :: Patternmakers, Wood
Plan, lay out, and construct wooden unit or sectional patterns used in forming sand molds for castings.
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.
- Trims, smoothes, and shapes surfaces and planes, shaves, files, scrapes, and sands models to attain specified shapes, using hand tools.
- Sets up, operates, and adjusts variety of woodworking machines to cut and shape sections, parts, and patterns, according to specifications.
- Constructs wooden models, templates, full-scale mock-up, and molds for parts of products.
- Fits, fastens, and assembles wood parts together to form pattern, model, or section, using glue, nails, dowels, bolts, and screws.
- Reads blueprints, drawing, or written specifications to determine size and shape of pattern and required machine setup.
- Plans, lays out, and draws outline of unit, sectional patterns, or full-scale mock-up of products.
- Marks identifying information, such as colors, or codes, on patterns, parts, and templates to indicate assembly method.
- Shellacs, lacquers, or waxes finished pattern or model.
- Issues patterns to designated machine operators and maintains pattern record for reference.
- Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
- Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles
- Glass Blowers, Molders, Benders, and Finishers
- Molding and Casting Workers
- Precision Etchers and Engravers, Hand or Machine
- Precision Mold and Pattern Casters, except Nonferrous Metals
General Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Drafting & Specifying Technical Devices, etc.
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Controlling Machines and Processes
Frequent Work Context
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Consequence of Error
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls