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Patternmakers, Wood - 51-7032.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

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

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-7000 Woodworkers
51-7030 Model Makers and Patternmakers, Wood
51-7032.00 Patternmakers, Wood

Related Occupations


  • Collect and store patterns and lumber.
  • Compute dimensions, areas, volumes, and weights.
  • Construct wooden models, templates, full scale mock-ups, jigs, or molds for shaping parts of products.
  • Correct patterns to compensate for defects in castings.
  • Divide patterns into sections according to shapes of castings to facilitate removal of patterns from molds.
  • Estimate costs for patternmaking jobs.
  • Finish completed products or models with shellac, lacquer, wax, or paint.
  • Fit, fasten, and assemble wood parts together to form patterns, models, or sections, using glue, nails, dowels, bolts, and screws.
  • Glue fillets along interior angles of patterns.
  • Inventory equipment and supplies, ordering parts and tools as necessary.
  • Issue patterns to designated machine operators.
  • 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.
  • Maintain pattern records for reference.
  • Mark identifying information such as colors or codes on patterns, parts, and templates to indicate assembly methods.
  • Read blueprints, drawings, or written specifications to determine sizes and shapes of patterns and required machine setups.
  • Repair broken or damaged patterns.
  • Select lumber to be used for patterns.
  • Set up, operate, and adjust a variety of woodworking machines such as bandsaws and lathes 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 of completed patterns, using templates, straightedges, calipers, or protractors.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Apply protective or decorative finishes to workpieces or products.
  • Assemble wood products.
  • Build production molds.
  • Calculate dimensions of workpieces, products, or equipment.
  • Construct patterns, templates, or other work aids.
  • Design templates or patterns.
  • Distribute supplies to workers.
  • Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
  • Estimate costs of products, services, or materials.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Operate woodworking equipment.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
  • Plan production or operational procedures or sequences.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Repair templates, patterns, or molds.
  • 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)
  • Construction Engineering Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Constructionman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Heavy Repair Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Master Chief Constructionman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Structural (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Patternmaking-Wood

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Patternmaker Apprentice, Wood
  • Patternmaker, Wood