Mock Up Builder

Lay out and assemble full-scale master mock-ups of aircraft structures.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Mock Up Builders do?

Lays out, fabricates, and assembles full-scale master mock-ups and prototypes of experimental and production aircraft and spacecraft structures and components, according to specifications, using machines, handtools, and power tools: Lays out lines and contours of structures and components on metallic and nonmetallic materials, utilizing knowledge of trigonometry to determine radius angles and dimensions, according to engineering drawings, sketches, loft data, or verbal instructions. Sets up and operates shop equipment, such as bandsaw, lathe, planer, and drill press, to fabricate parts, such as ribs, empennage, wings, and landing gear. Drills, countersinks, and reams holes in parts and assemblies for bolts, screws, and other fasteners, using power tools. Forms frames and bases from plaster, using cutting, shaping, and finishing tools. Grinds, files, and sands parts to finished dimensions. Aligns and fits parts and assemblies, using fixtures and precision measuring instruments. Joins parts, using fasteners, such as bolts, screws, and clamps, or glue. Confers with liaison personnel to discuss development problems or to recommend modifications if mock-up cannot be fabricated or assembled as designed.

Should I be a Mock Up Builder?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Mold Builder, Motor Builder Winder, Set-Model Builder

    How to become a Mock Up Builder

    Mock Up Builders generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Mock Up Builder-related education!
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