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Model Makers, Wood - 51-7031.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Craftsman
  • Model Builder
  • Model Maker
  • Product Development Carpenter
  • Sample Builder
  • Sample Maker
  • Sample Worker

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-7000 Woodworkers
51-7030 Model Makers and Patternmakers, Wood
51-7031.00 Model Makers, Wood

Related Occupations


  • Build jigs that can be used as guides for assembling oversized or special types of box shooks.
  • Construct wooden models, patterns, templates, full scale mock-ups, and molds for parts of products and production tools.
  • Fabricate work aids such as scrapers or templates.
  • Finish patterns or models with protective or decorative coatings such as shellac, lacquer, or wax.
  • Fit, fasten, and assemble wood parts together to form patterns, models, or sections, using glue, nails, dowels, bolts, screws, and other fasteners.
  • Issue patterns to designated machine operators.
  • Maintain pattern records for reference.
  • Mark identifying information on patterns, parts, and templates to indicate assembly methods and details.
  • Plan, lay out, and draw outlines of units, sectional patterns, or full-scale mock-ups of products.
  • Read blueprints, drawings, or written specifications, and consult with designers to determine sizes and shapes of patterns and required machine setups.
  • Select wooden stock, determine layouts, and mark layouts of parts on stock, using precision equipment such as scribers, squares, and protractors.
  • Set up, operate, and adjust a variety of woodworking machines such as bandsaws and planers to cut and shape sections, parts, and patterns, according to specifications.
  • Trim, smooth, and shape surfaces, and plane, shave, file, scrape, and sand models to attain specified shapes, using hand tools.
  • Verify dimensions and contours of models during hand-forming processes, using templates and measuring devices.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Apply protective or decorative finishes to workpieces or products.
  • Assemble machine tools, parts, or fixtures.
  • Assemble wood products.
  • Build production molds.
  • Construct patterns, templates, or other work aids.
  • Distribute supplies to workers.
  • Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
  • Exchange information with colleagues.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Measure materials to mark reference points, cutting lines, or other indicators.
  • Operate cutting equipment.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Select production input materials.
  • Set equipment controls to meet cutting specifications.
  • Shape surfaces or edges of wood workpieces.
  • Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Builder (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Carpentry and Masonry Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Jig Builder (Wood Contain)
  • Loft Worker (Ship & Boat)
  • Model Maker (Aircraft)
  • Model Maker-Wood

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Jig Builder
  • Loft Worker
  • Model Maker
  • Model Maker, Wood