Occupation Info

Model Maker

Overview: Model makers construct full size and reduced size experimental mock-ups of proposed products according to engineering specifications. They work with metal, wood, plastics, glass, etc. to create the components and contours of the proposed product for a critical review by management and customers.
Duties: They confer with research and development engineering project members in order to learn about product specifications and the project's schedule for models and management approvals.

They determine what construction materials are best suited to create mock-ups and models based on the type of management reviews required during the product development cycle.

Interpret engineering drawings, sketches and specifications in order to layout the shape & contours of the proposed product. Assemble & mount all components, paints and labels model details.

They confer with research and development team members to determine what design aspects of the model might be modified in the next design phase of the proposed product.

Degree(s): A.S. Music 
A.S. Engineering Science 
A.S. Dance 
A.S. Art: Concentrations in Art & Design or Art History 
A.S. Theatre: Concentrations in Acting or Technical Theatre 
Job Outlook: Employment of model makers is expected to decline rapidly through 2018. Employment will be affected by technological advances, changing demand for the goods they produce, foreign competition, and the reorganization of production processes.
Salary Range (National Average): $25,000 to $29,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: An associate degree in engineering or engineering technology with a concentration of courses in industrial design, mechanical design, design graphics and human factors engineering is the ideal educational preparation for this occupation. Courses in computer-aided drawing and design (CAD) are essential.
Recommended Skills:
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • Using your hands to operated fine instruments and precision tools.
  • Operating equipment and machinery.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Identifying the most appropriate equipment and tools needed to get a job done.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreementswith other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.

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