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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.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £16,000 to £25,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

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

You'll need:

  • 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).

4. Salary

Starter: £16,000

Experienced: £25,000

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 progression

With experience, you could move into supervisory management, quality control or engineering design.

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Last updated: 13 April 2017