Patternmakers, Wood


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-4.7% (decline)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent


What Patternmakers, Wood Do

Plan, lay out, and construct wooden unit or sectional patterns used in forming sand molds for castings.

Other Job Titles Patternmakers, Wood May Have

Mold Maker, Pattern Engineer, Pattern Maker, Patternmaker, Wood Pattern Maker, Wood Patternmaker, Wood Shop Moldmaker, Woodshop Worker

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Read blueprints, drawings, or written specifications to determine sizes and shapes of patterns and required machine setups.
  • Lay out patterns on wood stock and draw outlines of units, sectional patterns, or full-scale mock-ups of products, based on blueprint specifications and sketches, and using marking and measuring devices.
  • Fit, fasten, and assemble wood parts together to form patterns, models, or sections, using glue, nails, dowels, bolts, and screws.
  • Divide patterns into sections according to shapes of castings to facilitate removal of patterns from molds.
  • Trim, smooth, and shape surfaces, and plane, shave, file, scrape, and sand models to attain specified shapes, using hand tools.

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