Plastics Patternmaker

Fabricate patterns, fixtures, jigs, and templates.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$24,000 – $60,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Plastics Patternmakers do?

Fabricates patterns, fixtures, jigs, and templates, used in producing plastic articles, from wood or metal stock, following blueprints and using handtools, power tools, and measuring instruments: Lays out cutting lines on stock, using scribe, compass, rule, triangles, and French curves. Cuts stock, using power saw, power shear, and handtools. Assembles pieces, using rivets, bolts, nails, or glue. Smooths surface of assembly, using plane and power sander. Verifies dimensions of assembly, using calipers, rule, and compass. Sprays coat of parting agent, such as sealing lacquer or wax on surface of assembly. May cover pattern with plastic-impregnated fabric to make preforms. May remove preform from pattern when plastic has cured, using airhose.

Should I be a Plastics Patternmaker?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: Patternmaker, Acoustical Tile, Patternmaker, Plaster, Patternmaker, Plastics, Plastic Patternmaker

    How to become a Plastics Patternmaker

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