Profession toymaker

Toymakers create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition made of various materials such as plastic, wood and textile. They develop, design and sketch the object, select the materials and cut, shape and process the materials as necessary and apply finishes. In addition, toymakers maintain and repair all types of toys, including mechanical ones. They identify defects in toys, replace damaged parts and restore their functionality.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Sanding techniques

    The various sanding techniques (such as gang sanding), as well as the different sanding papers necessary for which surface.

  • Woodworking processes

    Steps in the processing of wood for the manufacturing of wooden articles and types of machines used for these processes such as drying, shaping, assembling and surface finishing.

  • Types of toy materials

    Field of information which distinguishes the nature and different types of toy materials, such as wood, glass, plastic, steel, etc.

  • Types of brushes

    Tools with bristles used for a wide variety of purposes such as cleaning, painting, putting on make up and grooming hair. Materials used for bristles include animal hair, synthetic fibers and plastic. Various shapes exist such as cylindrical brushes and twisted-in wire brushes for cleaning brushes, and flat, round or mop for painting brushes.

  • Toys and games safety recommendations

    Safety instructions of games and toys, according to the materials they are composed of.

  • Toys and games categories

    Categories and age limits of games and toys.

  • Woodworking tools

    The various tools used to process wood, such as planers, chisels and lathes.

Skills

  • Repair toys

    Replace or fabricate parts of toys, from all kinds of materials. Order these from different manufacturers and suppliers or several kinds of stores.

  • Provide customer follow-up services

    Register, follow-up, solve and respond to customer requests, complaints and after-sales services.

  • Operate battery test equipment

    Operate equipment used for battery testing, such as a soldering iron, a battery tester, or a multimeter. Detect flaws affecting the battery's performance, test the battery's capacity for accumulating charge, or test its voltage output.

  • Apply a protective layer

    Apply a layer of protective solutions such as permethrine to protect the product from damage such as corrosion, fire or parasites, using a spray gun or paintbrush.

  • Maintain customer service

    Keep the highest possible customer service and make sure that the customer service is at all times performed in a professional way. Help customers or participants feel at ease and support special requirements.

  • Use tools for toy repair

    Utilise hand and power tools such as screwdrivers, pliers, hammers and mallets to repair toys.

  • Replace defect components

    Remove defective parts and replace them with functioning components.

  • Extract products from moulds

    Remove finished products from moulds and examine them in detail for anomalies.

  • Estimate restoration costs

    Estimate the cost implications of restoring and replacing products or parts.

  • Maintain records of maintenance interventions

    Keep written records of all repairs and maintenance interventions undertaken, including information on the parts and materials used, etc.

  • Assemble toys

    Fit body parts and accessories together using different tools and techniques depending on the toy materials such as gluing, welding, screwing or nailing.

  • Operate sandblaster

    Operate an abrasive blaster using sand to erode and smoothen a rough surface.

  • Ensure finished product meet requirements

    Ensure that finished products meet or exceed company specifications.

  • Maintain equipment

    Regularly inspect and perform all required activities to maintain the equipment in functional order prior or after its use.

  • Pack goods

    Pack different kinds of goods such as finished manufactured products or goods in use. Pack goods by hand in boxes, bags and other types of containers.

  • Use repair manuals

    Apply the information, such as periodic maintenance charts, step by step repair instructions, troubleshooting information and overhaul procedures to perform routine maintenance and repairs.

  • Apply safety measures

    Perform tasks and operations taking into account the safety regulations and standards and applying them in order to prevent incidents or hazards.

  • Inspect toys and games for damage

    Identify damage and cracks in games and toys in the store; take appropriate actions to remedy.

Optional knowledge and skills

maintain professional administration sew textile-based articles operate welding equipment join metals toys and games trends types of plastic apply stitching techniques types of wood identify customer's needs order supplies textile materials develop product design create smooth wood surface manage schedule of tasks cut metal products metal smoothing technologies perform toys finishing mark designs on metal pieces casting processes sell toys and games keep stock records develop professional network operate soldering equipment operate wood sawing equipment manipulate wood manual cutting processes for leather toys and games industry ensure compliance with warranty contracts estimate restoration costs of antique items issue sales invoices stuff toys repair plastic machinery finish plastic products operate plastic machinery set up the controller of a machine use painting equipment manage a small-to-medium business join wood elements manipulate metal adhesives electronics maintain relationship with suppliers assemble electronic units demonstrate functionality of toys and games maintain plastic machinery assemble plastic parts heat metals negotiate supplier arrangements assemble metal parts operate handheld riveting equipment cut textiles manipulate plastic