On the Job
Wood Patternmakers plan, lay out, and make wooden patterns that are used in forming sand molds for castings.
This career requires time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements.
- Operate woodworking equipment.
- Apply protective or decorative finishes to workpieces or products.
- Assemble wood products.
- Build production molds.
- Construct patterns, templates, or other work aids.
- Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
- Set equipment controls to meet cutting specifications.
- Shape surfaces or edges of wood workpieces.
- Trim excess material from workpieces.
Typical Working Conditions
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Exposure to hazardous equipment.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Exposure to contaminants (like gases or odors).
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Working with a group or team.
- Working indoors in non-environmentally controlled conditions.
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