Pattern Makers (443A)make models in wood, plastic, metal, plaster of paris, or polystyrene to produce castings. These are then used by a mould maker to form a cavity in the sand into which molten metal is poured to form a casting. Patternmaking is divided into two branches, wood patternmaking and metal patternmaking.
Job Related Skills, Values and Interests
Additional information on training standards for this particular trade in the Industrial sector may be found on the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website at: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/trades/training-standards1/industrial
What Preparation and Training Do You Need?
To become a Pattern Maker you must complete your secondary school diploma, particularly with credits in mathematics, chemistry and physics, and preferably wood, machine shop and drafting courses, before entry into an apprenticeship of 8,000 hours. You must also successfully complete the required examinations and hours of employment in order to be awarded a Journeyperson certificate. This is the minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades.
What’s Your Future as a Pattern Maker?
Pattern Makers generally work full-time, usually indoors, sometimes standing or on some detail work, while sitting at a bench. Pattern Makers in large organizations are often in contact with other departments, such as the engineering or drafting departments, as well as the core and mouldmakers from the production area. Examples of industries that hire Pattern Makers are:
Ask Yourself: Is working as a Pattern Maker for You?
If you answered yes to most of these questions, a career as a Pattern Maker may be for you!
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