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 specificationschoose suitable material, mark out parts, determine layout and cut out pieces using the appropriate cutting equipment for the material being usedconstruct models using a variety of adhesives, machinery and hand toolsoperate computer modelling programmescolour a model using paint, varnish and other finishesadd details to create authenticity such as windows, road lines and letteringconstruct working models, such as model furnaces, to test if they work properly prior to constructioncomply with local or national design standardsalter 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.