Moulders or coremakers use a pattern and moulding material to produce the hollow moulds into which molten metal is poured to make castings. They decide how the mould is to be made, depending on the size and shape of the pattern. Very large moulds are made in specially designed sand pits in the foundry floor.
Moulding methods include:
Some moulds may be made by one person; larger moulds may require a team of moulders/coremakers.
Most moulders/coremakers work a 37-hour week. Some foundries operate a shift system involving evening and weekend work. Opportunities for overtime are common.
Some moulders work at a bench and at other times in a specially designed moulding pit. The work is strenuous and involves a lot of bending and lifting. They wear protective overalls, including safety footwear and when necessary, eye shields and ear defenders.
Most foundries have dust and fume extractors fitted.
As a foundry moulder/coremaker, you will need:
There are still opportunities to train and work as a moulder/coremaker, but the introduction of computerised machinery means that foundries making large numbers of identical castings tend to employ machine operators with a range of different skills. In jobbing foundries where smaller quantities of castings are made, more of the work is carried out by hand.
Foundries can be found in most industrial areas. There may be opportunities to work overseas.
A moulder/coremaker with good organisational and communication skills can become a supervisor or manager. Those who do well on training courses may be offered a chance to train as technicians. This can lead to a career in cast metals technology, mechanical or electrical engineering.
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