Sketch Maker II

Sketch, photograph, and etch cloth designs on zinc plates.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Sketch Maker IIs do?

Sketches, photographs, and etches cloth designs on zinc plates in form that can be transferred to printing rollers by mechanical pantograph process, using precision measuring and drawing instruments, camera, and etching chemicals: Studies design and production sheet to determine number of times design will be repeated around roller, size of sketch, and number of plates required to complete sketch. Lays out reference lines on design according to location of one complete repeat of pattern and number of plates required to sketch pattern, using straightedge and pencil. Draws reference lines on zinc plates, using dividers, straightedge, and pencil. Places design under weighted door of camera and moves camera up graduated scale to enlarge pattern to specifications. Positions zinc plate on table beneath camera and aligns reference lines on plate with reference lines of reflected design. Traces around reflected outline of design, using diamond stylus, leaving specified spacing between colors to compensate for color, type of cloth, and etching process. Corrects flaws left in design by designer or artist, and reproduces design so that it will be practical for printing. Immerses sketched plate in acid solution to etch lines of design. Washes etched plates, using water and brush. Records number of times design will be repeated around roller, number and size of plates in design, and spacings left between colors on production sheet.

Should I be a Sketch Maker II?

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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Sketch Maker II

    Most Sketch Maker IIs have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Master's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9uaaaa&chl=no+college+%2874%25%29|certificate+%2825%25%29|||master%27s+%281%25%29|&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,74,74
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