Foundry Mould Maker

Job Description:

Foundry moulders make moulds to shape molten metal into castings used to make parts for industry.

Job Category:
Metals & Mining

What you will do:

In your day-to-day duties you could:

  • mix sand and clay to make moulds
  • inject resin into sand to create shell moulds
  • make replicas of moulds with wax for use in ‘investment’ casting
  • pour molten metal into polystyrene patterns
  • make moulds from heat resistant materials
  • bond silica gel with ceramic powders to produce castings


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to use your initiative (drive)
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • concentration skills
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
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Entry Requirements:

To become a Foundry Mould Maker, specific subjects are not typically required. However, certain subjects and skills can be advantageous for those considering a career in foundry work, including mould making. Foundry mould makers are responsible for creating moulds used in metal casting processes, so skills related to mathematics, practical work, and technical drawing can be helpful. Here are some subjects that may be relevant:

  1. Mathematics: Strong mathematical skills are important for measurements, calculations, and understanding technical drawings and specifications related to mould making.
  2. Design and Technology: Courses related to design and technology can provide practical skills and knowledge related to manufacturing methods, materials, and tools.
  3. Science: Basic knowledge of science, especially Physics, can help in understanding the principles of heat, materials behavior, and the casting process.
  4. Art and Design: Courses in art and design can help develop creativity and visual skills, which can be valuable for creating detailed mould patterns.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

You can do an engineering course at college, which may help when you start looking for work. Courses include:

  • Certificate in Skills for Engineering (Level 1 in the UK)
  • Diploma in Engineering and Manufacturing (Level 1 in the UK)
  • Certificate in Engineering (Level 2 in the UK)

You can complete an engineering operative intermediate apprenticeship or a metal casting and foundry technician advanced apprenticeship.

You could start as a foundry process worker and do training on the job to become a mould maker.

Working Hours and Environment:

Your typical working hours could be variable.

You could work in a foundry workshop.

Your working environment may be hot and physically demanding.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career Path & Progression:

You could move into supervisory management, quality control or engineering design as you get more experience.