Plans, lays out, and constructs wooden unit or sectional patterns used in forming sand molds for castings.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production pathway.
A person in this career:
- Reads blueprints, drawings, or written specifications to determine sizes and shapes of patterns and required machine setups.
- Lays out patterns on wood stock and draws outlines of units, sectional patterns, or full-scale mock-ups of products, based on blueprint specifications and sketches, and using marking and measuring devices.
- Verifies dimensions of completed patterns, using templates, straightedges, calipers, or protractors.
- Sets up, operates, and adjusts a variety of woodworking machines such as bandsaws and lathes to cut and shape sections, parts, and patterns, according to specifications.
- Trims, smooths, and shapes surfaces, and planes, shaves, files, scrapes, and sands models to attain specified shapes, using hand tools.
- Fits, fastens, and assembles wood parts together to form patterns, models, or sections, using glue, nails, dowels, bolts, and screws.
- Corrects patterns to compensate for defects in castings.
- Constructs wooden models, templates, full scale mock-ups, jigs, or molds for shaping parts of products.
- Computes dimensions, areas, volumes, and weights.
- Marks identifying information such as colors or codes on patterns, parts, and templates to indicate assembly methods.