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Patternmakers, Metal & Plastic

Also called: Die Cast Die Maker, Machinist, Metal Pattern Maker, Pattern Maker

What they do:
Lay out, machine, fit, and assemble castings and parts to metal or plastic foundry patterns, core boxes, or match plates.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


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


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things


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
  • Independence
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Innovation
  • Integrity


You might use software like this on the job:

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


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

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