Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic
SOC: 51-4062.00

Description:

Lay out, machine, fit, and assemble castings and parts to metal or plastic foundry patterns, core boxes, or match plates.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
3,800 employed

Projected (2024):
2,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Acoustical Tile Patternmaker
  • All-Around Patternmaker
  • Boilermaker Loftsman
  • Chart Writer
  • Computer Numerical Control Operator (CNC Operator)
  • Computer Numerical Control Programmer (CNC Programmer)
  • Computer Patternmaker
  • Developer
  • Die Cast Die Maker
  • Extrusion Die Coordinator
  • Extrusion Die Corrector
  • Extrusion Die Template Maker
  • Extrusion/Die Repair Manager
  • Fixture Builder
  • Foundry Patternmaker
  • Freelance Patternmaker
  • Journeyman Patternmaker
  • Loftsman
  • Machinist
  • Metal Bench Patternmaker
  • Metal Mold Maker
  • Metal Pattern Maker
  • Metal Patternmaker
  • Metal Patternmaker Apprentice
  • Model Maker
  • Mold / Die Repairer
  • Mold and Die Inspector
  • Mold and Die Technician
  • Mold Maker
  • Mold Tooler
  • Pattern Chart Writer
  • Pattern Checker
  • Pattern Cutter
  • Pattern Developer
  • Pattern Fitter
  • Pattern Maker
  • Pattern Mechanic
  • Pattern Repair Person
  • Pattern Scratcher
  • Pattern Shop Worker
  • Pattern Worker
  • Patternmaker
  • Plaster Patternmaker
  • Plastic Patternmaker
  • Plastics Patternmaker
  • Sample Patternmaker
  • Stencil Cutter
  • Stencil Maker
  • Template Maker
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Tool Maker
  • Tooler


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Set up and operate machine tools, such as milling machines, lathes, drill presses, and grinders, to machine castings or patterns.
  • Read and interpret blueprints or drawings of parts to be cast or patterns to be made, compute dimensions, and plan operational sequences.
  • Verify conformance of patterns or template dimensions to specifications, using measuring instruments such as calipers, scales, and micrometers.
  • Program computerized numerical control machine tools.
  • Design and create templates, patterns, or coreboxes according to work orders, sample parts, or mockups.
  • Assemble pattern sections, using hand tools, bolts, screws, rivets, glue, or welding equipment.
  • Repair and rework templates and patterns.
  • Lay out and draw or scribe patterns onto material, using compasses, protractors, rulers, scribes, or other instruments.
  • Clean and finish patterns or templates, using emery cloths, files, scrapers, and power grinders.
  • Construct platforms, fixtures, and jigs for holding and placing patterns.
  • Mark identification numbers or symbols onto patterns or templates.
  • Select pattern materials such as wood, resin, and fiberglass.
  • Apply plastic-impregnated fabrics or coats of sealing wax or lacquer to patterns used to produce plastic.
  • Paint or lacquer patterns.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 2/3 axis computer numerically controlled CNC milling machines
  • Bandsaws
  • Benchtop drill presses
  • Computer numerical control CNC turning centers
  • Crucible furnaces
  • Digital bench scales
  • Digital calipers
  • Digital micrometers
  • Disc sanders
  • Dividers
  • Draw knives
  • Drying chambers
  • Electric hoists
  • Flat cold chisels
  • Foundry casting ladles
  • Foundry flasks
  • Gating systems
  • Horizontal turning centers
  • Jig borers
  • Laser scanner coordinate capturing equipment
  • Layout compasses
  • Layout squares
  • Manual brake presses
  • Measuring tapes
  • Metalworking scribers
  • Personal computers
  • Planers
  • Power grinders
  • Power routers
  • Precision positioning jigs
  • Precision rulers
  • Protractors
  • Radial arm saws
  • Shaping cutters
  • Shrinkage rulers
  • Table saws
  • Three-dimensional routers
  • Warehouse hand trucks
  • Wire electrical discharge machining EDM equipment
  • 3D Systems Geomagic Design X
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Delcam PowerMILL
  • Mastercam software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220