Model Maker


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.

Working Conditions

Model makers work in industrial research or design and development laboratories, which may be in offices or open workshops.

Personal Requirements

  • 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.

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