How to become a 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.

Personal requirements of a Model Maker

  • 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

Education & Training for a Model Maker

You can work as a model maker without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification in residential drafting or building design. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.

Duties & Tasks of a Model Maker

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 programs
  • 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 for a Model Maker

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

Employment Opportunities for a Model Maker

Most model makers work on a contract basis. There are a number of companies that undertake model making for a wide range of activities, including architectural, engineering and topographical models, promotional displays, stage props and sculptures.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 0.4%

NSW 35.1%

NT 0.3%

QLD 17.3%

SA 6.8%

TAS 1.8%

VIC 25%

WA 13.3%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Proportion of male workers 53%

Proportion of female workers 47%

Education level:

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 10: 3%

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 12: 17.8%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is secondary school: 26.9%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 38.6%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 13.7%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Proprortion of workers aged below 35 years: 45.4%

Proportion of workers aged above 35 years: 49.7%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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