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Model Makers, Wood

Also called: Craftsman, Model Maker, Sample Maker, Sample Worker

What they do:
Construct full-size and scale wooden precision models of products. Includes wood jig builders and loft workers.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


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


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • 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
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


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
  • Self Control
  • Innovation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Analytical Thinking


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA
  • Siemens NX
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook


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

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