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Patternmaker

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At a Glance... header image

Patternmakers design and construct patterns. They use a variety of materials such as wood and plastic to make metal casting moulds.


The Work header image

Patternmakers design and construct patterns that are used to make castings for metal parts, such as engineering machinery and surgical instruments.  
 
A pattern is a full-scale model of the final casting. Patternmakers create patterns in wood, metal, plastic and polystyrene. The patterns are then used to make moulds into which molten metal can be poured. A very high degree of accuracy is needed to make a pattern to the exact dimensions required.  
 
Patternmakers work from engineers' drawings or electronic information. Engineers' drawings are used to produce a 'set-out'. The set-out is a full-scale working drawing that shows how the pattern is to be assembled. Patternmakers assemble the patterns using a variety of tools and machinery.  
 
When information is supplied electronically, patternmakers use computer-aided design and manufacture techniques.  
 
Wooden patterns may need a further stage, which is hand-finishing. Great care is needed to rub down and varnish the pattern, to create a smooth, blemish-free surface.  
 
Patternmakers also produce metal dies (moulds) into which molten metal is poured. These dies are made of two or more parts clamped together to form the required shape.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Set up and operate machine tools, such as milling machines, lathes, drill presses, and grinders, to machine castings or patterns.

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Read and interpret blueprints or drawings of parts to be cast or patterns to be made, compute dimensions, and plan operational sequences.

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Verify conformance of patterns or template dimensions to specifications, using measuring instruments such as calipers, scales, and micrometers.

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Program computerized numerical control machine tools.

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Design and create templates, patterns, or coreboxes according to work orders, sample parts, or mockups.

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Assemble pattern sections, using hand tools, bolts, screws, rivets, glue, or welding equipment.

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Repair and rework templates and patterns.

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Lay out and draw or scribe patterns onto material, using compasses, protractors, rulers, scribes, or other instruments.

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Clean and finish patterns or templates, using emery cloths, files, scrapers, and power grinders.

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Construct platforms, fixtures, and jigs for holding and placing patterns.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment:  Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment:  Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Design:  Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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Engineering and Technology:  Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

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Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Operations Analysis:   Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You will need a wide range of hand and machine skills, as well as a high level of skill in working with different types of material, including wood, metal and plastic.  
 
You will need to be able to understand and interpret engineering drawings and, from a drawing, visualise the finished pattern in three dimensions. You must also understand two- and three-dimensional computer based methods of designing.  
 
Accuracy and precision are essential. You will also need mathematical ability for taking measurements and making calculations.  
 
Patternmakers may progress to become supervisors and many move into management. Those who show a particular aptitude during their training may be able to train as technicians and can work in cast metal technology, mechanical or electrical engineering. There are also opportunities to work abroad.


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