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Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic - 51-4062.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Die Cast Die Maker
  • Fixture Builder
  • Layout Technician
  • Metal Pattern Maker
  • Pattern Maker
  • Pattern Maker Programmer
  • Pattern Repair Person
  • Patternmaker
  • Wax Molder

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-4000 Metal Workers and Plastic Workers
51-4060 Model Makers and Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic
51-4062.00 Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic

Related Occupations


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

Detailed Work Activities

  • Apply protective or decorative finishes to workpieces or products.
  • Apply solutions to production equipment.
  • Calculate dimensions of workpieces, products, or equipment.
  • Clean workpieces or finished products.
  • Construct patterns, templates, or other work aids.
  • Design templates or patterns.
  • Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Operate grinding equipment.
  • Operate welding equipment.
  • Plan production or operational procedures or sequences.
  • Program equipment to perform production tasks.
  • Repair templates, patterns, or molds.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
  • Select production input materials.
  • Smooth metal surfaces or edges.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aircrew Survival Equipmentman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Allied Trades Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Life Support Systems Intermediate Level Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Life Support Systems Organizational Level Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Special Operations Parachute Rigger (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Patternmaker (Metal Prod)
  • Patternmaker (Stonework)
  • Patternmaker, All-Around
  • Patternmaker, Metal, Bench
  • Patternmaker, Plastics
  • Patternmaking-Metal
  • Template Maker
  • Template Maker, Extrusion Die

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Patternmaker
  • Patternmaker Apprentice, Metal
  • Patternmaker, All-Around
  • Patternmaker, Metal
  • Patternmaker, Metal, Bench
  • Patternmaker, Plastics
  • Patternmaker, Sample
  • Template Maker
  • Template Maker, Extrusion Die