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Assistant Patternmaker

Assistant Patternmakers work with Patternmakers in turning a designer's drawing into a pattern suitable for production by other producers or factories.


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Employment Levels

Around 9,500 people are currently employed as Assistant Patternmakers in Australia. This is set to increase slightly to 10,600 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

41.5% of all Assistant Patternmakers are employed in NSW. The area with the lowest number of Assistant Patternmakers is NT, with only 0%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 39.6% of Assistant Patternmakers being male and 60.4% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Assistant Patternmakers is 25-34 years old, with 28%. A small percentage (2.3%) of people get into this career path older, aged 65 and over. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Assistant Patternmakers, with 12.8% aged 45-54.

Hours Worked

Assistant Patternmakers work an average of 42.5 hours a week which is 1.6 hours higher than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Assistant Patternmakers have a Bachelor Degree qualification (35.8%) or are at a Advanced Diploma/Diploma level (31.6%). 79% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 21% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Assistant Patternmaker Duties & Tasks

  • Assist with turning a design into a pattern for production.
  • Listen to the Designer and Senior Patternmaker and adjust pattern accordingly.
  • Liaise between manufacturers and designers on feasibility of designs.
  • Help create prototypes and samples of designs.
  • Prepare technical packs for factories.
  • Draw free-hand and be able to use computer software.
  • Organise quotes for materials and participate in selection process.



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.