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.

  • Toys and games categories

    Categories and age limits of games and toys.

  • 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.

  • Woodworking tools

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

  • Toys and games safety recommendations

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

  • 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.

Skills

  • Maintain records of maintenance interventions

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

  • Maintain equipment

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

  • 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.

  • Inspect toys and games for damage

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

  • 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.

  • Use tools for toy repair

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

  • 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.

  • Provide customer follow-up services

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

  • Extract products from moulds

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

  • Replace defect components

    Remove defective parts and replace them with functioning components.

  • Ensure finished product meet requirements

    Ensure that finished products meet or exceed company specifications.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Estimate restoration costs

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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