Foundry Mold and Coremakers
SOC: 51-4071.00

Description:

Make or form wax or sand cores or molds used in the production of metal castings in foundries.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
12,000 employed

Projected (2024):
8,700 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:

  • Airset Caster
  • Airset Molder
  • Bond Runner
  • Core Baker
  • Core Drier
  • Core Machine Operator
  • Core Maker
  • Core Microarchitect
  • Core Oven Tender
  • Core Paster
  • Core Piler
  • Core Rescuer
  • Core Setter
  • Core Stacker
  • Core Sticker
  • Core Stripper
  • Coremaker Apprentice
  • Dipper
  • Dry Molder
  • Dry Sand Molder
  • Founder
  • Foundry Finisher
  • Foundry Mold Assembly and Shake-Out Worker
  • Foundry Molder
  • Foundry Tender
  • Foundry Worker
  • Golf Club Head Former
  • Green Sand Molder
  • Hand Coremaker
  • Hand Former
  • Hand Spring Former
  • Journeyman Molder
  • Mold Capper
  • Mold Closer
  • Mold Finisher
  • Mold Maker
  • Mold Operator
  • Mold Tooling Technician
  • Molder
  • Molder Apprentice
  • No Bake Molder
  • Pattern Molder
  • Roll Hand
  • Sand Cutter
  • Sand Cutter Operator
  • Sand Molder
  • Shell Core Operator
  • Shell Mold Operator
  • Sweep Molder
  • Wax Pattern Coater


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

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

    Education:

    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
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Communications and Media


  • Tasks:

  • Clean and smooth molds, cores, and core boxes, and repair surface imperfections.
  • Move and position workpieces such as mold sections, patterns, and bottom boards, using cranes, or signal others to move workpieces.
  • Sprinkle or spray parting agents onto patterns and mold sections to facilitate removal of patterns from molds.
  • Position patterns inside mold sections and clamp sections together.
  • Position cores into lower sections of molds, and reassemble molds for pouring.
  • Sift and pack sand into mold sections, core boxes, and pattern contours, using hand or pneumatic ramming tools.
  • Tend machines that bond cope and drag together to form completed shell molds.
  • Cut spouts, runner holes, and sprue holes into molds.
  • Lift upper mold sections from lower sections and remove molded patterns.
  • Form and assemble slab cores around patterns and position wire in mold sections to reinforce molds, using hand tools and glue.
  • Pour molten metal into molds, manually or using crane ladles.
  • Rotate sweep boards around spindles to make symmetrical molds for convex impressions.
  • Operate ovens or furnaces to bake cores or to melt, skim, and flux metal.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Abrasive stones
  • Allen wrench sets
  • Angle plates
  • Bench vises
  • Buffing machines
  • Centrifugal casting machines
  • Chain hoists
  • Core blowers
  • Core machines
  • Coremaking machines
  • Crane ladles
  • Crucible furnaces
  • Cupola furnaces
  • Desktop computers
  • Dial calipers
  • Dial indicators
  • Die casting machines
  • Digital micrometers
  • Digital pyrometers
  • Electric arc furnaces
  • Electric overhead traveling EOT cranes
  • Emery cloths
  • Flat files
  • Foundry ovens
  • Foundry sand testing equipment
  • Gas-powered generators
  • Heat treating furnaces
  • Height gauges
  • Horizontal milling machines
  • Induction furnaces
  • Inside diameter outside diameter ID-OD grinders
  • Laser welding equipment
  • Micro welding equipment
  • Mold clamps
  • Multipurpose hammers
  • Multipurpose screwdrivers
  • Power grinders
  • Process air heaters
  • Sand blasting machines
  • Shearing machines
  • Socket wrench sets
  • Surface grinding machines
  • Surface plates
  • Turret lathes
  • V-blocks
  • Vacuum casting machines
  • Variable speed drill presses
  • Vent gas scrubbers
  • Vertical machining centers
  • Wire electrical discharge machine WEDM
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • CNC Software Mastercam software
  • Computer aid manufacturing CAM software
  • Dassault Systemes SolidWorks software
  • Data entry software
  • Inventory tracking software
  • Machine control software
  • Parametric Technology Pro/ENGINEER software


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220