Layout Workers

The layout worker is a highly skilled specialist who marks metal castings, forgings, or metal stock to indicate where and how much machining is needed. By marking lines and points on the metal, these workers instruct the machinists and machine operators on how to shape it. Layout workers also lay out automotive panels to make quality control checks for consistency. There are approximately 13,420 layout workers in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Mark metal castings, forgings, or metal stock to indicate where and how much machining is needed
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
Related School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship
Skills
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Shop Supervisor
  • Layout Worker
  • Machinist

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