Cast Metals Trade Moulder – Coremaker and Technicians
Cast metals trade workers assist patternmaking and moulding tradespeople and other technicians to produce patterns and moulds to cast metals into shapes used as component parts for all manner of machinery and equipment. This might include anything from bulldozer blades, engine crankshafts and truck wheels to door handles and thousands of other parts used daily from different sectors such as military / aerospace / automotive / rail / mining / medical and marine etc
Cast metals fabrication occupations include…
- foundry workers (general)
- foundry workers (general fettling)
- foundry workers (general moulding)
- die casting (production)
- pressure die casting
Cast metals fabrication trades workers may…
- assist in making metal or wooden patterns of the object to be cast
- operate machinery to mix chemically bonded sand and pack around the pattern
- fuel and charge the furnace(s)
- melt the metal and add the required alloys
- operate automated moulding equipment
- grind, smooth or dress the rough surfaces after the casting has set
- decide on appropriate finish
- pack the castings for transportation
- enjoy practical and manual activities
- posses some technical aptitude
- be able to work accurately in a timely manner
- have good hand-eye coordination
- have the strength to handle materials and tools
- be physically fit
- be safety conscious
- be able to work in a team and independently
- be able to read and follow instructions
- be creative with a sense of pride
Cast metals fabrication trades workers work in workshops or production areas that can be noisy, hot and dusty, however the work environments are generally spacious, well ventilated and well lit. The majority of their work is spent standing and they often need to bend, crouch or climb. They sometimes work in confined spaces or at heights, and many work shifts. Their work can involve significant physical exertion.
Cast metals fabrication trades workers may work in a team or alone and because of the nature of their work safety awareness and compliance with regulations is important. They must be aware of safety regulations and must wear supplied protective equipment.
You can sometimes work as a cast metals fabrication trades worker without undertaking any formal training or qualifications however some employers will prefer that you do. To work as a cast metals fabrication trades worker you will usually require a Certificate II in Engineering.
With experience, and possibly some further training, cast metals fabrication trades workers can become patternmaker or moulder trades-person. This will usually require a Certificate III in Engineering (Fabrication Trade).
You can work at even higher levels within this occupation and sector. With experience, and possibly further training, Certificate IV in Engineering or Diploma of Engineering (Advanced Trade), you can work in advanced trade or technician occupations, and with an Advanced Diploma of Engineering at a para-professional level assisting engineers.
Of course you can continue to progress further along a career pathway that could see you in a number of senior management positions.