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.
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.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 78% of people employed as Engineering Patternmakers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 12 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 43 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Engineering Patternmakers work in the Manufacturing industry. They are also employed in industries like:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Engineering Patternmakers||All Jobs Average|
Around 63% of Engineering Patternmakers live in capital cities, similar to the all jobs average of 62%.
Victoria and Queensland have a large share of employment relative to their population size.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Engineering Patternmakers is 50 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.
Females make up 22% of the workforce. This is 26 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Engineering Patternmakers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||8.2||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A certificate III or IV in engineering - fabrication trade is usually needed to work as an Engineering Patternmaker.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Manufacturing and Metal and Engineering VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Engineering Patternmakers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.0||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||2.8||12.5|
Source: 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.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Using maths to solve problems.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Reading work related information.
43%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
43%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
39%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
37%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Talking to others.
32%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
32%Management of financial resources
Figuring out how money is needed to do something, and keeping track of the money that's being spent.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
58%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
51%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
46%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
41%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
40%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
35%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
30%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
23%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
23%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
18%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
15%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
7%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Read and understand written information.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Communicate by speaking.
43%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
78%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
76%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
55%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
53%Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts
Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
48%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
47%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
46%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
46%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
44%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
41%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
41%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
39%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
38%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
38%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
37%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
33%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
33%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
29%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
26%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
98%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
95%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.
92%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
91%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
84%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
84%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
Work to strict deadlines.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
81%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
75%Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings
Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.
Work with people in a group or team.
73%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
72%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
72%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
71%Indoors, not heat controlled
Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).
68%Walking and running
Spend time walking and running.
65%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
64%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
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