Also known as Die Cast Die Maker, Fixture Builder, Journeyman Patternmaker, Layout Technician, Metal Pattern Maker, Pattern Maker, Pattern Maker Programmer, Pattern Repair Person, Patternmaker, Wax Molder
Also known as Die Cast Die Maker, Fixture Builder, Journeyman Patternmaker
Metal Patternmakers lay out, machine, fit, and assemble castings and parts to metal or plastic foundry patterns, core boxes, or match plates.
Metal Patternmakers are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Metal Patternmakers. More generally, Metal Patternmakers are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Metal Patternmaker is $48,160, and the average salary is $49,570. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Metal Patternmaker salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Metal Patternmakers earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Metal Patternmakers earn less than $30,160 per year, 25% earn less than $37,220, 75% earn less than $60,940, and 90% earn less than $73,640.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Metal Patternmakers is expected to change by -4.2%, and there should be roughly 200 open positions for Metal Patternmakers every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Metal Patternmaker are usually higher in their Realistic, Conventional, and Investigative interests.
Metal Patternmakers typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Also, Metal Patternmakers typically have moderate Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Lastly, Metal Patternmakers typically have moderate Investigative interests. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Metal Patternmakers typically have moderate Artistic interests. Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Metal Patternmaker tend to value Support, Independence, and Relationships.
Most importantly, Metal Patternmakers strongly value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Metal Patternmakers moderately value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Lastly, Metal Patternmakers moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Metal Patternmakers must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, dependability, and stress tolerance.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Metal Patternmakers, ranked by importance:
Metal Patternmakers often have training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Metal Patternmakers usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Metal Patternmakers may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as production and processing, mechanical, or mathematics knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Metal Patternmakers might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Metal Patternmakers must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Metal Patternmakers need abilities such as near vision, arm-hand steadiness, and problem sensitivity in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Metal Patternmakers, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Metal Patternmakers frequently use skills like operations monitoring, quality control analysis, and operation and control to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Metal Patternmakers, ranked by their relative importance.
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