Patternmakers, Wood

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Wood Patternmaker Apprentice
  • Wood Patternmaker
  • Wood Pattern Maker
  • Wood Experimental Mechanic
  • Wood Die Maker
  • Patternmaker
  • Pattern Worker
  • Pattern Maker
  • Mold Maker
  • Mold Forms Builder
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What They Do

  • Collect and store patterns and lumber.
  • Issue patterns to designated machine operators.
  • Divide patterns into sections according to shapes of castings to facilitate removal of patterns from molds.
  • Estimate costs for patternmaking jobs.
  • Inventory equipment and supplies, ordering parts and tools as necessary.
  • Maintain pattern records for reference.
  • Repair broken or damaged patterns.
  • Select lumber to be used for patterns.
  • Glue fillets along interior angles of patterns.
  • Finish completed products or models with shellac, lacquer, wax, or paint.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RIA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Investigative and Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.


In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $48,620 with most people making between $28,240 and $73,350


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 150 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 150 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 0 replacement openings for approximately 0 total annual openings.

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