Molding and Casting Workers
SOC: 51-9195.07


Perform a variety of duties such as mixing materials, assembling mold parts, filling molds, and stacking molds to mold and cast a wide range of products.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
41,400 employed

Projected (2024):
38,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Adobe Block Maker
  • Adobe Maker
  • Almond Paste Molder
  • Artificial Candy Maker
  • Bed Laborer
  • Block Maker
  • Broom Maker
  • Burial Vault Maker
  • Burial Vault Setter
  • Candy Roller
  • Caster
  • Catheter Builder
  • Cell Builder
  • Cell Maker
  • Cement Fittings Maker
  • Cigar Roller
  • Clay Modeler
  • Clay Molder
  • Clay Thrower
  • Compo Caster
  • Composite Technician
  • Composition Molder
  • Concrete Float Maker
  • Concrete Pipe Maker
  • Concrete Stone Fabricator
  • Concrete Vault Maker
  • Cultured Marble Products Maker
  • Denture Model Maker
  • Denture Packer
  • Ear Mold Laboratory Technician
  • Encapsulator
  • Fabricator
  • Filling Operator
  • Hand Candle Molder
  • Hand Cigar Maker
  • Hand Mold Maker
  • Hand Molder
  • Hand Molder and Caster
  • Hand Tile Maker
  • Hand Wrapper Operator
  • Handle Maker
  • Handmade Tile Artist
  • Injection Molding Machine Operator
  • Kiln Furniture Caster
  • Laundry Tub Maker
  • Lead Caster
  • Loader-Demolder
  • Machine Castings Plasterer
  • Machine Operator
  • Machine-Made Shoe Unit Worker
  • Mannequin Mold Maker
  • Mannequin Molder
  • Mascara Molder
  • Mill Helper
  • Modeler
  • Mold Blower
  • Mold Builder
  • Mold Dresser
  • Mold Filler
  • Mold Filler and Drainer
  • Mold Filling Operator
  • Mold Mechanic
  • Mold Operator
  • Mold Presser
  • Mold Stamper
  • Mold Technician
  • Molder
  • Molding Line Assistant
  • Molding Line Operator
  • Mosaic Tile Maker
  • Musical Instrument Maker
  • Needle Leader
  • Novelty Candy Maker
  • Pipe Coremaker
  • Plaster Caster
  • Plaster Die Maker
  • Plaster Maker
  • Plaster Mold Maker
  • Plaster Molder
  • Plaster Pattern Caster
  • Plastic Dolls Mold Filler
  • Plastic Duplicator
  • Plastic Injection Mold Maker
  • Plastic Joint Maker
  • Plastic Molder
  • Pourer
  • Precast Molder
  • Precision Mold and Pattern Caster, Except Nonferrous Metal
  • Press Operator
  • Production Worker
  • Rubber Stamp Maker
  • Scagliola Mechanic
  • Smoother
  • Stogy Maker
  • Stogy Roller
  • Sweep Molder
  • Terra Cotta Mold Maker
  • Terrazzo Tile Maker
  • Tile Molder
  • Tobacco Wetter
  • Toby Maker
  • Toilet Products Molder
  • Watch Crystal Molder

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Brush or spray mold surfaces with parting agents or insert paper into molds to ensure smoothness and prevent sticking or seepage.
  • Clean, finish, and lubricate molds and mold parts.
  • Separate models or patterns from molds and examine products for accuracy.
  • Pour, pack, spread, or press plaster, concrete, liquid plastic, or other materials into or around models or molds.
  • Operate and adjust controls of heating equipment to melt material or to cure, dry, or bake filled molds.
  • Read work orders or examine parts to determine parts or sections of products to be produced.
  • Load or stack filled molds in ovens, dryers, or curing boxes, or on storage racks or carts.
  • Set the proper operating temperature for each casting.
  • Measure and cut products to specified dimensions, using measuring and cutting instruments.
  • Remove excess materials and level and smooth wet mold mixtures.
  • Melt metal pieces, using torches, and cast products, such as inlays and crowns, using centrifugal casting machines.
  • Select sizes and types of molds according to instructions.
  • Trim or remove excess material, using scrapers, knives, or band saws.
  • Align and assemble parts to produce completed products, using gauges and hand tools.
  • Withdraw cores or other loose mold members after castings solidify.
  • Bore holes or cut grates, risers, or pouring spouts in molds, using power tools.
  • Construct or form molds for use in casting metal, clay, or plaster objects, using plaster, fiberglass, rubber, casting machines, patterns, or flasks.
  • Verify dimensions of products, using measuring instruments, such as calipers, vernier gauges, or protractors.
  • Tap or tilt molds to ensure uniform distribution of materials.
  • Patch broken edges or fractures, using clay or plaster.
  • Locate and scribe parting lines on patterns, using measuring instruments, such as calipers, squares, or depth gauges.
  • Smooth surfaces of molds, using scraping tools or sandpaper.
  • Measure ingredients and mix molding, casting material, or sealing compounds to prescribed consistencies, according to formulas.
  • Assemble, insert, and adjust wires, tubes, cores, fittings, rods, or patterns into molds, using hand tools and depth gauges.
  • Repair mold defects, such as cracks or broken edges, using patterns, mold boxes, or hand tools.
  • Engrave or stamp identifying symbols, letters, or numbers on products.
  • Place forms around models and separately immerse each half portion of a model in plaster, wax, or other mold-making materials.
  • Operate molding machines that compact sand in flasks to form molds.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Band saws
  • Belt conveyors
  • C clamps
  • Centrifugal casting machines
  • Cleaning scrapers
  • Combination squares
  • Compressing machines
  • Computer terminals
  • Continuous casting machines
  • Depth gauges
  • Desktop computers
  • Dial calipers
  • Die casting machines
  • Digital micrometers
  • Drying oven units
  • Extrusion blow molding machines
  • Forklifts
  • Foundry mold boxes
  • Foundry molding flasks
  • Grease guns
  • Grinding machines
  • Hand ladles
  • Holding clamps
  • Industrial platform scales
  • Injection molding machines
  • Melting kettles
  • Propane torches
  • Protractors
  • Pulverizers
  • Rotary dryers
  • Squeeze molding machines
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • Stretch blow molding machines
  • Tap sets
  • Trimming knives
  • Utility knives
  • Vernier calipers
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Inventory control software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Timekeeping software

  • production

    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220