9412 Foundry workers

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Lead statement

This unit group includes workers who make foundry moulds and cores by hand or machine, cast molten metal, and operate furnaces in the foundry industry. They are employed by metal foundries and foundry departments of metal products manufacturing companies.

Example Titles

  • bench moulder
  • casting machine operator
  • ceramic mouldmaker
  • die-casting machine operator
  • foundry worker
  • furnace operator – foundry
  • machine coremaker
  • manual moulder
  • melter – foundry
  • metal caster
  • pit moulder
  • sand coremaker
  • sand moulder

Main duties

The following is a summary of the main duties for some occupations in this unit group:

Manual mouldmakers

  • Make and repair sand moulds using patterns, moulding boxes, sand and hand tools following bench, floor or pit moulding methods; operate ovens to dry moulds; may pour molten metal into moulds to produce metal castings.

Manual coremakers

  • Make cores for use inside moulds to form holes or void spaces in castings using core boxes, sand, hammer and wire or other reinforcing material; coat cores with protective materials and bake cores in oven.

Machine mouldmakers and coremakers

  • Set up, adjust and operate various mouldmaking and coremaking machines to make sand and ceramics moulds and cores.

Metal casters

  • Set up and operate various casting machines to cast ferrous and non-ferrous metal products; hand ladle and pour molten metal into moulds to produce castings.

Foundry furnace operators

  • Operate furnaces used to melt metals for moulding and casting.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • Up to two years of on-the-job training are required for manual mouldmakers; several months of on-the-job training are required for other workers in this unit group.

Additional information

  • There is some mobility between workers in this unit group.
  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Exclusions