Foundry mould maker moulder, core maker, foundry castings maker
Foundry moulder make moulds to shape molten metal into the castings used to make parts for industry.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set requirements, but some training in engineering or experience of using machine and hand tools may help.
You could start as a foundry operative then work your way up.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- practical skills
- to be able to follow technical plans
3. What you'll do
You'll make the moulds used to make industrial engineering parts.
You'd use different methods, including:
- sand moulding
- resin shell moulding
- investment or lost wax casting
- exposed polystyrene casting
- die casting
- ceramic mould casting
You might also make cores for moulds (the parts that create a hollow space inside the casting when molten metal is poured in).
Shift allowances and overtime can increase your earnings.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll work 37 to 40 hours a week, usually on shifts. This could include nights and weekends.
This is a physically tough job and conditions can get very hot and dusty.
You'll wear protective overalls, safety footwear, a face shield and ear plugs.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could move into supervisory management, quality control or engineering design.
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Last updated: 13 April 2017