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Occupational Report for Model Makers, Metal and Plastic (51-4061) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Set up and operate machines, such as lathes, milling and engraving machines, and jig borers to make working models of metal or plastic objects. Includes template makers.

Employment Outlook for Model Makers, Metal and Plastic
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was much smaller than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be much lower than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at about the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Due to few projected job openings in this occupation, reasonable employment opportunities do not exist.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Model Makers, Metal and Plastic There are no openings for this occupation.
Job Openings from the Web for Model Makers, Metal and Plastic There are no openings for this occupation.
State of Oregon License Information for Model Makers, Metal and Plastic No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Model Makers, Metal and Plastic
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
10th 25th 50th
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $13.25 $15.33 $19.90 $30.99 $35.15 $22.49 $46,788
Data Sources and Limitations
Regional Employment Projections for Model Makers, Metal and Plastic
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 23 27 4 17.4% 0 0 0
Multnomah / Washington 12 15 3 25.0% 0 0 0
Clackamas 8 9 1 12.5% 0 0 0
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 5 6 1 20.0% 0 0 0
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 1 1 0 0.0% 0 0 0

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
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Industries of Employment for Model Makers, Metal and Plastic
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Ownership 2012
Total All Industries All 23
Total All Industries Private 23
Manufacturing Private 20
Educational Requirements for Model Makers, Metal and Plastic The typical entry level education for this occupation is a high school diploma or equivalent. In addition, moderate-term on-the-job training is typically needed, once employed, to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.
Skills for Model Makers, Metal and Plastic
  • Apply Independent Judgment In Assembly Procedures
  • Apply Lamination Techniques
  • Apply Machinist Practices
  • Apply Metal Forming And Shaping Techniques And Processes
  • Apply Protective Coatings
  • Apply Quality Assurance Techniques
  • Apply Statistical Process Control (Spc)
  • Apply Technical Information To Manufacturing And Industrial Activities
  • Assemble Metal Components
  • Coordinate Production Materials And Processes
  • Create Templates Or Jigs
  • Estimate Materials For Production And Manufacturing
  • File Metal And Plastic
  • Fit Dowels
  • Follow Safety Procedures
  • Hand Tap Metal, Wood Or Other Material
  • Inspect Components During Manufacturing
  • Lay Out Machining Projects
  • Lay Out Patterns On Sheet Metal
  • Maintain Plastic Fabricating Equipment
  • Maneuver Heavy Objects
  • Operate Buff And Polishing Machine
  • Operate Cnc Machines
  • Operate Cranes, Hoists, Or Mechanical Booms
  • Operate Lathes
  • Operate Machine Tools
  • Operate Precision Measuring Devices, Tools And Equipment
  • Operate Shaping And Forming Machines
  • Operate Specialized Metal Shaping Machines
  • Read And Understand Operating Manuals
  • Read Production Layouts
  • Read Schematics And Specifications
  • Recognize Characteristics Of Metals Or Alloys
  • Recognize Characteristics Of Plastics
  • Set Up And Operate Drilling Machines
  • Set Up Machine Tools
  • Set Up Specialized Machines For Metals Manufacturing
  • Smooth, Sharpen, Polish Or Grind Metal Objects
  • Solve Machine Tool Problems
  • Understand Manufacturing Methods And Techniques
  • Use Algebra
  • Use Basic Mathematics
  • Use Geometry
  • Use Industrial X-Ray And Magnetic Inspection
  • Use Metric System
  • Weld Metal Parts
Schools and Training Providers for Model Makers, Metal and Plastic The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Mt Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark St
Gresham, OR 97030
Phone: (503) 491-6422
Programs of Training:
Apprenticeship Division
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite1045
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (971) 673-0761
Programs of Training:
Northwest College of Construction
8111 NE Holman St.
Portland, OR 97218-4021
Phone: (503) 256-7300
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Model Makers, Metal and Plastic These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Lane Community College
Linn-Benton Community College