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Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic

Lay out, machine, fit, and assemble castings and parts to metal or plastic foundry patterns, core boxes, or match plates.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Program computerized numerical control machine tools.
    • Verify conformance of patterns or template dimensions to specifications, using measuring instruments such as calipers, scales, and micrometers.
    • Set up and operate machine tools, such as milling machines, lathes, drill presses, and grinders, to machine castings or patterns.
    • Create computer models of patterns or parts, using modeling software.
    • Repair and rework templates and patterns.
    • Assemble pattern sections, using hand tools, bolts, screws, rivets, glue, or welding equipment.
    • Read and interpret blueprints or drawings of parts to be cast or patterns to be made, compute dimensions, and plan operational sequences.
    • Construct platforms, fixtures, and jigs for holding and placing patterns.
    • Clean and finish patterns or templates, using emery cloths, files, scrapers, and power grinders.
    • Design and create templates, patterns, or coreboxes according to work orders, sample parts, or mockups.
    • Mark identification numbers or symbols onto patterns or templates.
    • Lay out and draw or scribe patterns onto material, using compasses, protractors, rulers, scribes, or other instruments.
    • Paint or lacquer patterns.
    • Select pattern materials such as wood, resin, and fiberglass.
    • Apply plastic-impregnated fabrics or coats of sealing wax or lacquer to patterns used to produce plastic.

    Skills

    • Operations Monitoring

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

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    Knowledge

    • Production and Processing

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

    • Mechanical

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

    • Mathematics

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

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 49260/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 23.68/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 210
    • Yearly Projected Openings 20

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Cooperation
    • Independence
    • Integrity

    Tools

    • Rulers
    • Power saws
    • Compasses
    • Boring machines
    • Bench scales

    Technology

    • Spreadsheet software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
    • Computer aided design CAD software

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