Profession model maker

Model makers create three-dimensional scale models or various designs or concepts and for various purposes, such as models of human skeletons or organs. They also mount the models on display stands so that they can be used for their final purpose such as inclusion in education activities.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising


  • Design principles

    The elements used in design such as unity, scale, proportion, balance, symmetry, space, form, texture, colour, light, shade and congruence and their application into practice.


  • Read engineering drawings

    Read the technical drawings of a product made by the engineer in order to suggest improvements, make models of the product or operate it.

  • Use digital illustration techniques

    Create drawings using digital illustration programmes and techniques.

  • Develop product design

    Translate market requirements into product design and development.

  • Use traditional illustration techniques

    Create drawings using traditional illustration techniques such as watercolour, pen and ink, airbrush art, oil painting, pastels, wood engraving, and linoleum cuts.

  • Align components

    Align and lay out components in order to put them together correctly according to blueprints and technical plans.

  • Follow a brief

    Interpret and meet requirements and expectations, as discussed and agreed upon with the customers.

  • Design scale models

    Design imitations of products such as vehicles or buildings which accurately represent the dimensions of the product in a smaller format.

  • Use CAD software

    Use computer-aided design (CAD) systems to assist in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimisation of a design.

  • Create a product's virtual model

    Create a mathematical or three-dimensional computer graphic model of the product by using a CAE system or a calculator.

  • Operate precision measuring equipment

    Measure the size of a processed part when checking and marking it to check if it is up to standard by use of two and three dimensional precision measuring equipment such as a caliper, a micrometer, and a measuring gauge.

  • Fasten components

    Fasten components together according to blueprints and technical plans in order to create subassemblies or finished products.

  • Read standard blueprints

    Read and comprehend standard blueprints, machine, and process drawings.

  • Build a product's physical model

    Build a model of the product out of wood, clay or other materials by using hand or electrical tools.

Optional knowledge and skills

manipulate plastic design miniature sets 3d modelling mix paint create 2d painting casting processes mechanics tend cnc laser cutting machine manipulate plaster create set models electronics tend cnc milling machine create smooth wood surface finish plastic products operate 3d computer graphics software smooth burred surfaces apply 3d imaging techniques 3d printing process adjust engineering designs electricity use painting equipment printing materials make architectural mock-ups design prototypes build miniature sets assemble final product manipulate metal