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.
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.
Model makers may perform the following tasks:
Model makers work in industrial research or design and development laboratories, which may be in offices or open workshops.
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.