Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 51-4062 Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic
Lay out, machine, fit, and assemble castings and parts to metal or plastic foundry patterns, core boxes, or match plates.
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Set up and operate machine tools, such as milling machines, lathes, drill presses, and grinders, in order to machine castings or patterns. Read and interpret blueprints or drawings of parts to be cast or patterns to be made; then compute dimensions and plan operational sequences. Verify conformance of patterns or template dimensions to specifications, using measuring instruments such as calipers, scales, and micrometers. Program computerized numerical control machine tools. Design and create templates, patterns, or coreboxes according to work orders, sample parts, or mockups. Assemble pattern sections, using hand tools, bolts, screws, rivets, glue, and/or welding equipment. Repair and rework templates and patterns. Lay out and draw or scribe patterns onto material, using compasses, protractors, rulers, scribes, or other instruments. Clean and finish patterns or templates, using emery cloths, files, scrapers, and power grinders. Construct platforms, fixtures, and jigs for holding and placing patterns. Mark identification numbers or symbols onto patterns or templates. Select pattern materials such as wood, resin, and fiberglass.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $14.59   Entry $30,354.00
Mean $19.14   Mean $39,822.00
Experience $21.42 Experience $44,556.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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