Engineering Model Maker

Set up and operate a variety of machines to fabricate models for equipment.
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Salary Range
$25,000 – $69,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Engineering Model Makers do?

Sets up and operates variety of machines to fabricate tooling, patterns, parts, and models for electronic, mechanical or electromechanical instruments, devices, or equipment, such as electromedical and computer equipment; measuring, indicating, and controlling instruments; and surgical and navigational instruments, according to engineering blueprints and specifications: Studies drawings and sketches of proposed product and confers with engineering personnel to plan design details and model operation. Determines machines, tooling, and sequence of operation necessary to produce model parts, tooling, dies, or patterns, utilizing knowledge of machining and fabricating techniques. Lays out reference points and dimensions on assorted materials, such as metals, plastic, and synthetic resins, using measuring instruments and work aids [LAY-OUT WORKER I 809.281-010]. Sets up and operates machines, such as milling machines, lathes, grinders, drill press, punch press, and brake, to produce or modify model parts [MACHINIST 600.280-022]. Fits and assembles parts, using handtools or power tools. Wires and solders electrical and electronic connections and components. Inspects and tests model or other product to verify conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments, such as calipers, gauges, and micrometers, and test equipment, such as multimeter and oscilloscope. Suggests structural or operational modifications or reworks component parts as required to ensure performance of equipment or parts meets standards. May consult with engineering personnel to evaluate design and performance factors. May specialize in fabricating, testing, and adjusting prototype models of electromedical equipment and be designated Medical-Apparatus Model Maker.


Should I be an Engineering Model Maker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Liner Man

    How to become an Engineering Model Maker

    Most Engineering Model Makers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9ubjaa&chl=no+college+%2852%25%29|certificate+%2839%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|bachelor%27s+%288%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,52,52
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