Wood Patternmaker

Plan, lay out, and construct wooden unit-or sectional-patterns.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $71,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Wood Patternmakers do?

Plans, lays out, and constructs wooden unit-or sectional-patterns used in forming sand molds for castings according to blueprint specifications, using handtools and power tools: Lays out pattern on woodstock, dividing pattern into sections according to shape of casting to facilitate removal of pattern from mold, utilizing knowledge of casting techniques, and using marking and measuring devices, such as scriber, shrink rule, and square. Cuts and shapes parts, using bandsaw, lathe, planer, and router. Fits and fastens parts together to form pattern or section, using glue, nails, dowels and screws. Trims, smooths, and shapes surfaces, using handtools, such as plane, drawknife, chisels, and mallets. Assembles sections and verifies dimensions of complete pattern, using templates, straightedges, calipers, and protractors. Glues fillets along interior angles of pattern. Paints pattern in standard code colors to indicate method of assembly. Shellacs, lacquers, or waxes finished pattern. May construct templates for use in shaping irregular curves in pattern [TEMPLATE MAKER]. May construct wooden models. May be designated according to type of pattern constructed as Die-Cast Patternmaker; Die-Lay-Out Worker. May repair broken or damaged patterns and correct patterns to compensate for defects in castings and be designated Pattern Setter.

Should I be a Wood Patternmaker?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • 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: Die-Cast Patternmaker, Patternmaker Apprentice, Wood, Patternmaker, Wood, Wood Pattern Maker See More

    How to become a Wood Patternmaker

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