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. Some model makers, such as automotive clay modellers, may specialise in high-quality artistic work, while others may concentrate on technically accurate models.

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 and you may like to consider a VET course. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. For further details, visit

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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:

Male 53%

Female 47%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 3%

Not completed Year 12: 17.8%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 26.9%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 38.6%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 13.7%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 45.4%

Above 35 years: 49.7%

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

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