Pattern Maker

Pattern Maker Apprenticeship and Certification Act
Unrestricted Trade Trade Code 443A
NOC 7232


  • Read and interpret complex engineering drawings, pattern drawings, and work process documentation
  • Design and create foundry patterns and core boxes from metal, wood, plastic, and polystyrene for parts and components cast from metal
  • Build precision pattern tooling using wood and metal cutting machines and equipment including saws, drills, grinders, lathes, mills, and electrical discharge machines (EDMs)
  • Perform work in process measuring and checking using specialized and precision tools and equipment
  • May program CNC machine tools

Personal Qualities

  • You work indoors with noise, vibrations and other hazards that are common on the job
  • You enjoy working to close and exacting tolerances
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You like to learn new things on a consistent basis
  • You like working with computers
  • Review the Essential Skills profile for additional skills required

Career Opportunities

  • Pattern makers are employed primarily by small and large companies in manufacturing industries such as automobile, aircraft, metal fabrication, electrical machinery and plastics, and in tool and die, mould making and machine shops
  • Pattern makers may also be employed in specialty pattern making and model making establishments

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 12
  • Completion of a 7,280 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • If you completed 8,000 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the Apprenticeship Program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification.

Training Availability

Canadian Pattern-Model Makers Association
1240 McGovern Drive, Unit 13
Cambridge ON N3H 4R7