Model makers construct full-size and scale models of landscape, engineering, architectural, automotive and other industrial designs. They work from scale drawings, plans, photographs and lists of figures or specifications requiring conversion to three-dimensional form. These models help designers to see how a project, such as a building or a car, will look or work before it is completed.
Duties & Tasks
Model makers may perform the following tasks:
- look at drawings, drafts or samples and consult designers about specifications
- choose suitable material, mark out parts, determine layout and cut out pieces using the appropriate cutting equipment for the material being used
- construct models using a variety of adhesives, machinery and hand tools
- operate computer modelling programmes
- colour a model using paint, varnish and other finishes
- add details to create authenticity such as windows, road lines and lettering
- construct working models, such as model furnaces, to test if they work properly prior to construction
- comply with local or national design standards
- alter models to meet new specifications.
Model makers work in industrial research or design and development laboratories, which may be in offices or open workshops.
- enjoy practical and manual activities
- good hand-eye coordination
- able to visualise three-dimensional forms when looking at a technical drawing
- creative and practical
- able to work quickly and accurately
- good at mathematics.