Model makers set up and operate machines, such as milling and engraving machines to make working models of metal or plastic objects.
Metal and plastic model makers set up and operate machines that cut, shape, and form metal and plastic materials or pieces.  Model makers are responsible for the layout, machining, fitting and assembly of castings and parts to metal or plastic foundry patterns, core boxes, or match plates.

RISK PROBABILITY BASED ON THE SEMINAL FREY AND OSBORNE STUDY

PROFESSIONAL GROUP CHARACTERISTICS AND SIMILAR OCCUPATIONS

Manufacturing Labourers

Manufacturing labourers perform a variety of simple and routine manual tasks in manufacturing to assist the work of machine operators and assemblers (ILO, 2018).

  • Machine setters, operators and tenders
  • Milling and planning machine setters, operators, and tenders 
  • Metal-refining furnace operators and tenders 
  • Hand Packers
  • Manufacturing Labourers Not Elsewhere Classified

Background Information

Model makers must be highly skilled in the use of many machines, such as manual lathes, manual mills, Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machines, lasers, wire EDM, water jet saws, tig welders, sheet metal fabrication tools and wood working tools.  As such, even today model makers are highly dependent on the use of machines for their jobs.

Today, model makers are employed to create three-dimensional representations of a design or concept; however, with advances in robotics, artificial intelligence, the popularization of  3D printing, open software,  CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing) , and the potential of future developments in this domain, it is likely that the traditional profession will decline but specialized sub-sections of the profession will not only survive but thrive (software programmers) (I-Ganavto, 2017)

CASE EXAMPLES

Categories: Skill Level 1