Foundry process operatorJob Description:
Foundry process operators make metal castings and parts used in industry.Job Category:
What you will do:
On a typical day you could:
- control the furnaces that melt metal
- put together wax patterns used in castings
- transfer molten metal from the furnace to moulds
- operate die casting machines
- grind surplus metal off castings with abrasive wheels
- use shot blasting machinery to clean castings
- 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
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
- the ability to use your initiative (drive)
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- concentration skills
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You can do an engineering course at college, which may help when you start looking for work.
In the UK, courses include:
- Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Engineering
- Level 1 Diploma In Engineering and Manufacturing
- Level 2 Certificate in Engineering
You can complete an engineering operative intermediate apprenticeship or a metal casting and foundry technician advanced apprenticeship.
You can apply to foundries for work if you’ve got experience in engineering, factory production or metal fabrication.
Working Hours and Environment:
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 can move into supervisory jobs or more skilled foundry work, like pattern making, moulding or coremaking.
With further training, you could switch to other areas of engineering, like welding, metal fabrication or industrial blacksmithing.