Model Makers, Wood
SOC: 51-7031.00


Construct full-size and scale wooden precision models of products. Includes wood jig builders and loft workers.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
2,600 employed

Projected (2024):
2,600 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:

  • Architectural Wood Model Maker
  • CAD Technician (Computer Aided Drafting Technician)
  • Craftsman
  • Jig Builder
  • Last Model Maker
  • Loft Worker
  • Loft Worker Apprentice
  • Lofter
  • Model Builder
  • Model Maker
  • Product Craftsman
  • Product Development Carpenter
  • Product Engineer
  • Production Wood Craftsman
  • Sample Builder
  • Sample Maker
  • Sample Worker
  • Wood Craftsman
  • Wood Last Maker
  • Wood Model Builder
  • Wood Window and Door Craftsman
  • Woodworking Craftsman

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    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.


    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
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • 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
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Verify dimensions and contours of models during hand-forming processes, using templates and measuring devices.
  • Read blueprints, drawings, or written specifications, and consult with designers to determine sizes and shapes of patterns and required machine setups.
  • Set up, operate, and adjust a variety of woodworking machines such as bandsaws and planers to cut and shape sections, parts, and patterns, according to specifications.
  • Fit, fasten, and assemble wood parts together to form patterns, models, or sections, using glue, nails, dowels, bolts, screws, and other fasteners.
  • Trim, smooth, and shape surfaces, and plane, shave, file, scrape, and sand models to attain specified shapes, using hand tools.
  • Select wooden stock, determine layouts, and mark layouts of parts on stock, using precision equipment such as scribers, squares, and protractors.
  • Construct wooden models, patterns, templates, full scale mock-ups, and molds for parts of products and production tools.
  • Mark identifying information on patterns, parts, and templates to indicate assembly methods and details.
  • Plan, lay out, and draw outlines of units, sectional patterns, or full-scale mock-ups of products.
  • Fabricate work aids such as scrapers or templates.
  • Maintain pattern records for reference.
  • Build jigs that can be used as guides for assembling oversized or special types of box shooks.
  • Issue patterns to designated machine operators.
  • Finish patterns or models with protective or decorative coatings such as shellac, lacquer, or wax.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable hand reamers
  • Bandsaws
  • Belt sanders
  • Bench circular saws
  • Benchtop disk sanders
  • Benchtop drill presses
  • Carving knives
  • Cleaning brushes
  • Computer numerically controlled CNC lathes
  • Computer numerically controlled CNC milling machines
  • Cordless angle grinders
  • Cordless power drills
  • Engraving tools
  • Heavy duty bench clamps
  • Metal rulers
  • Micro band saws
  • Micro mills
  • Micro planers
  • Mini hammers
  • Mini tweezers
  • Multipurpose screwdrivers
  • Needlenose pliers sets
  • Pen sanders
  • Plank bending tools
  • Plunge routers
  • Power nailing tools
  • Power routers
  • Power sanders
  • Powered screwdrivers
  • Precision bench vises
  • Precision file sets
  • Protractors
  • Razor saws
  • Rotary tools
  • Scratch awls
  • Scribing tools
  • Scroll saws
  • Sharpening stones
  • Stereolithography prototyping machines
  • Table saws
  • Turning tools
  • Variable speed jigsaws
  • Vertical mills
  • Wire cutting tools
  • Woodturning lathes
  • Woodworking jointers
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Siemens NX

  • production

    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220