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Patternmakers, Wood

Also called: Apprentice Pattern Maker, Journeyman Patternmaker, Pattern Maker, Wood Pattern Maker

What they do:
Plan, lay out, and construct wooden unit or sectional patterns used in forming sand molds for castings.
On the job, you would:
  • Read blueprints, drawings, or written specifications to determine sizes and shapes of patterns and required machine setups.
  • Lay out patterns on wood stock and draw outlines of units, sectional patterns, or full-scale mock-ups of products, based on blueprint specifications and sketches, and using marking and measuring devices.
  • Verify dimensions of completed patterns, using templates, straightedges, calipers, or protractors.


Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • design
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Reaction Time and Speed
  • quickly move your hand, finger, or foot based on a sound, light, picture or other command


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Innovation
  • Independence
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • 3D Systems Geomagic Design X
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Delcam PowerMILL
  • Mastercam software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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