Fixture Maker

Set up and operate metal-working machines to machine workpieces.
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Salary Range
$24,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Fixture Makers do?

Sets up and operates metal-working machines to machine workpieces, and fabricate electrical lighting fixture prototypes, such as floor and wall lamps and hanging fixtures, according to specifications: Examines drawings or blueprints to ascertain number and finished dimensions of parts required. Sets up and operates lathes to spin [SPINNER, HYDRAULIC] or turn [ENGINE-LATHE SET-UP OPERATOR] ferrous or nonferrous metal, according to specifications. Cuts and shapes sheet metal [MACHINE OPERATOR I 616.380-018]. Heats and bends metal to shape fixture parts [ORNAMENTAL-METAL WORKER]. Verifies conformance of parts to specification, using rule, micrometer, square, and protractor. Solders, brazes, and welds parts, using welding and brazing equipment. Attaches glass parts, sockets, and wires to metal parts to form fixture, using handtools. May be designated according to type of fixture fabricated as Chandelier Maker.


Should I be a Fixture Maker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Moldmaker

    How to become a Fixture Maker

    Most Fixture 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:9weaaa&chl=no+college+%2854%25%29|certificate+%2842%25%29|associate%27s+%284%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,54,54
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