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Fabric & Apparel Patternmakers

Also called: Designer, Pattern Designer, Pattern Maker, Production Pattern Maker

What they do:
Draw and construct sets of precision master fabric patterns or layouts. May also mark and cut fabrics and apparel.
On the job, you would:
  • Create a master pattern for each size within a range of garment sizes, using charts, drafting instruments, computers, or grading devices.
  • Input specifications into computers to assist with pattern design and pattern cutting.
  • Draw details on outlined parts to indicate where parts are to be joined, as well as the positions of pleats, pockets, buttonholes, and other features, using computers or drafting instruments.

Knowledge

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

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Ideas and Logic
  • create new and original ideas
  • order or arrange things
Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • read and understand what is written
Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers

Personality

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
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Cooperation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator Hot Technology
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software Hot Technology
Computer aided design CAD software Hot Technology
  • Gerber Technology AccuMark
  • PatternMaker
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$43,900
per year, on average
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