Model Makers, Wood

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About the Job

Construct full-size and scale wooden precision models of products. Includes wood jig builders and loft workers.

It is also Called

  • Wood Model Builder
  • Wood Last Maker
  • Sample Worker
  • Sample Maker
  • Sample Builder
  • Product Engineer
  • Product Development Carpenter
  • Model Maker
  • Model Builder
  • Loft Worker Apprentice

What They Do

  • Finish patterns or models with protective or decorative coatings such as shellac, lacquer, or wax.
  • Issue patterns to designated machine operators.
  • Build jigs that can be used as guides for assembling oversized or special types of box shooks.
  • Maintain pattern records for reference.
  • Fabricate work aids such as scrapers or templates.
  • Plan, lay out, and draw outlines of units, sectional patterns, or full-scale mock-ups of products.
  • Mark identifying information on patterns, parts, and templates to indicate assembly methods and details.
  • Construct wooden models, patterns, templates, full scale mock-ups, and molds for parts of products and production tools.
  • Select wooden stock, determine layouts, and mark layouts of parts on stock, using precision equipment such as scribers, squares, and protractors.
  • Trim, smooth, and shape surfaces, and plane, shave, file, scrape, and sand models to attain specified shapes, using hand tools.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RAC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Artistic and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

LMI Region

Wages

New Jersey wage information is not available

Outlook

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 50 people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be 50 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have approximately - job openings annually.