Engineering Patternmakers construct full-size engineering models usually made out of timber, which are used in manufacturing to produce metal castings, copy models, vacuum form tooling and tooling for the automotive, aircraft or fibreglass industries.

    You usually need a certificate III or IV in engineering - fabrication trade to work as an Engineering Patternmaker.

    Tasks

    • Studies, drawings and specifications to determine dimensions and tolerances of articles to be manufactured and models to be constructed.
    • Measures and marks out metal stock and castings using various gauges.
    • Shapes metal and wood stock using machine tools.
    • Checks accuracy of manufactured articles and finished patterns to fine tolerances, using precision measuring instruments.
    • Tests and modifies manufactured articles.
    • Applies protective finishes to patterns and paints pattern sections to indicate method of assembly.
    • Assembles pattern sections and shapes work pieces to specified finish.
    • Pours and spreads materials into moulds and over models of patterns, and builds laminations of fibreglass cloth and plastic resin to fabricate patterns.
    • Repairs broken and damaged patterns and corrects patterns to compensate for defects in casting.
    • Constructs templates for layout and inspection.

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    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Engineering Patternmakers

    • 270 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 78% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 50 years Average age
    • 22% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Engineering Patternmakers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 440 in 2011 to 270 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Engineering Patternmakers work in Victoria and Queensland.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Retail Trade; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (78%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 50 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (68%).
    • Gender: 22% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Manufacturing86.2
    Retail Trade3.8
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3.1
    Construction1.9
    Other Industries5.0

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateEngineering PatternmakersAll Jobs Average
    NSW22.631.6
    VIC38.025.6
    QLD26.320.0
    SA6.87.0
    WA5.310.8
    TAS1.12.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT0.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketEngineering PatternmakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.1-5.05.0
    20-244.3-9.39.3
    25-3411.5-22.922.9
    35-4415.4-22.022.0
    45-5429.4-21.621.6
    55-5916.5-9.09.0
    60-6413.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over8.2-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationEngineering PatternmakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree7.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.4-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV72.0-21.121.1
    Year 125.2-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below2.8-12.512.5

    You usually need a certificate III or IV in engineering - fabrication trade to work as an Engineering Patternmaker.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • working at heights ticket
    • working in confined spaces ticket

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Manufacturing and Metal and Engineering VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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    Employers look for Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      68% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    2. Mathematics

      61% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    3. Design

      59% Skill level

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    4. Engineering and Technology

      58% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    5. Production and Processing

      51% Skill level

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      98% Important

      How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

    2. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

      95% Important

      How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      95% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Exposed to Hazardous Equipment

      93% Important

      How often do you work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic?

    5. Being Exact or Accurate

      92% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

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