CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers and Lay-Out Workers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Textile/Apparel/Furnishings
Benchmark Title: Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers and Lay-Out Workers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Draw and construct sets of precision master fabric patterns or layouts. May also mark and cut fabrics and apparel. Test patterns by making and fitting sample garments.
 
Draw details on outlined parts to indicate where parts are to be joined, as well as the positions of pleats, pockets, buttonholes, and other features, using computers or drafting instruments.
 
Determine the best layout of pattern pieces to minimize waste of material, and mark fabric accordingly.
 
Create a master pattern for each size within a range of garment sizes, using charts, drafting instruments, computers, and/or grading devices.
 
Draw outlines of pattern parts by adapting or copying existing patterns, or by drafting new patterns.
 
Create a paper pattern from which to mass-produce a design concept.
 
Position and cut out master or sample patterns, using scissors and knives, or print out copies of patterns, using computers.
 
Discuss design specifications with designers, and convert their original models of garments into patterns of separate parts that can be laid out on a length of fabric.
 
Mark samples and finished patterns with information such as garment size, section, style, identification, and sewing instructions.
 
Compute dimensions of patterns according to sizes, considering stretching of material.
 
Examine sketches, sample articles, and design specifications to determine quantities, shapes, and sizes of pattern parts, and to determine the amount of material or fabric required to make a product.
 
Trace outlines of paper onto cardboard patterns, and cut patterns into parts to make templates.
 
Trace outlines of specified patterns onto material, and cut fabric using scissors.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Textile/Apparel/Furnishings
Benchmark Title: Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers and Lay-Out Workers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Textile/Apparel/Furnishings
Benchmark Title: Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers and Lay-Out Workers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Textile/Apparel/Furnishings
Benchmark Title: Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers and Lay-Out Workers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Textile/Apparel/Furnishings
Benchmark Title: Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers and Lay-Out Workers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Related Work Experience Over 6 years, up to and including 8 years
 
Required Level of Education Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Textile/Apparel/Furnishings
Benchmark Title: Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers and Lay-Out Workers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Assistant Designer
Automatic Fabric Cutter (Autocutter)
Cartoon Designer
Clothing Pattern Preparer
Clothing Patternmaker
Computer Aided Design Operator (CAD Operator)
Computer Aided Pattern Designer
Designer
Designer and Patternmaker
Draper
Embroidery Patternmaker
Fabric Cutter
Fabric Pattern Grader
Fashion Patternmaker
Garment Patternmaker
Grader Marker
Marker Maker
Pattern Chart Writer
Pattern Designer
Pattern Grader
Pattern Grader Cutter
Pattern Maker
Pattern Technician
Patternmaker
Pleat Patternmaker
Production Pattern Maker
Sail Lay-Out Worker
Sewing Pattern Layout Technician
Shoe Patternmaker
Technical Pattern Designer
Upholstery Pattern Maker
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Textile/Apparel/Furnishings
Benchmark Title: Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers and Lay-Out Workers
 
 
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