Model Builder

Make parts for and assemble prototypes of metal furniture.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$25,000 – $69,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Model Builders do?

Makes parts for and assembles prototypes of metal furniture according to specifications to test practicality of new designs: Lays out and marks parts, following blueprints, sketches, and verbal instructions, using calipers and scribers. Cuts and forms parts from metal, such as steel and aluminum, using lathe, power saw, snips, and handtools. Joins parts, using screwdriver, wrench, and welding torch. May alter design of finished model according to revised specifications.


Should I be a Model Builder?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Metal Model Builder, Model Technician, Mold Technician

    How to become a Model Builder

    Most Model Builders 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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