Layout Workers, Metal & Plastic

Also called: Layout Inspector, Layout Technician (Layout Tech), Layout Worker,



What they do:
Lay out reference points and dimensions on metal or plastic stock or workpieces, such as sheets, plates, tubes, structural shapes, castings, or machine parts, for further processing. Includes shipfitters.
On the job, you would:
  • Mark curves, lines, holes, dimensions, and welding symbols onto workpieces, using scribes, soapstones, punches, and hand drills.
  • Plan locations and sequences of cutting, drilling, bending, rolling, punching, and welding operations, using compasses, protractors, dividers, and rules.
  • Fit and align fabricated parts to be welded or assembled.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Engineering and Technology
  • design
  • mechanical
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • using math to solve problems
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Verbal
  • read and understand what is written

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Cooperation
  • Persistence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
Procedure management software
  • Hexagon Metrology PC-DMIS
  • Optical Gaging Products Measure-X

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
  • high school diploma/GED
  • some college
usually needed

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$49,940
$30,090
$65,200

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What they do:
Lay out reference points and dimensions on metal or plastic stock or workpieces, such as sheets, plates, tubes, structural shapes, castings, or machine parts, for further processing. Includes shipfitters.

On the job, you would:
  • Mark curves, lines, holes, dimensions, and welding symbols onto workpieces, using scribes, soapstones, punches, and hand drills.
  • Plan locations and sequences of cutting, drilling, bending, rolling, punching, and welding operations, using compasses, protractors, dividers, and rules.
  • Fit and align fabricated parts to be welded or assembled.

KNOWLEDGE

Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Engineering and Technology
  • design
  • mechanical
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

SKILLS

Basic Skills
  • using math to solve problems
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

ABILITIES

Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Verbal
  • read and understand what is written

PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Cooperation
  • Persistence

TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
Procedure management software
  • Hexagon Metrology PC-DMIS
  • Optical Gaging Products Measure-X

EDUCATION

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
  • high school diploma/GED
  • some college
usually needed

JOB OUTLOOK

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$49,940
$30,090
$65,200

EXPLORE MORE