Preform Plate Maker

Construct templates for laying-out cutting lines on fiberglass materials.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Preform Plate Makers do?

Constructs wooden or paper templates for laying-out cutting lines on fiberglass materials used in manufacturing plastic boats: Positions sheets of paper on sections of molds for hulls, decks, or other parts of boat. Fits paper over contours and into corners of molds and marks outline with chalk. Removes paper from molds and cuts pattern, using scissors. Marks pattern with identifying data. Positions paper pattern on strips of wood and scribes outline of pattern on strips. Cuts wood strip according to markings, using power handsaw. Assembles strips to form template, using screws, nails, and braces. Positions template or pattern on fiberglass material and outlines pattern with chalk or crayon. Cuts material, following outline and using power cutter. Inspects rolls of materials received and stores them on shelves.


Should I be a Preform Plate Maker?

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

  • Also known as: Platform Beater, Preformer, Impregnated Fabrics

    How to become a Preform Plate Maker

    Preform Plate Makers 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 Preform Plate Maker-related education!
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