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.