Metal Casting, Forging and Finishing Trades Workers fabricate mould patterns and form sand moulds and cores for the production of metal castings, heat and hammer metal into shape, and make, repair, coat and polish metal parts and articles.

A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.

Tasks

  • selecting metal stock for job requirements
  • heating metal in forges and furnaces and hammering, punching and cutting metal using hand tools and machine presses
  • tempering and hardening finished articles by quenching in oil or water baths or by cooling gradually in air
  • preparing electrolytic and silver solutions for electroforming, and applying solution to the objects to be coated
  • setting and adjusting controls to regulate electric current and depositing of coating on objects
  • preparing horses' hooves for shoeing, nailing horseshoes to hooves, and trimming hooves
  • cutting, trimming, shaping and smoothing stock to form mould patterns
  • filling boxes with sand and setting patterns in place, and pouring molten metal into moulds
  • applying refractory paint and positioning cores in moulds
  • finishing metal and articles by polishing and buffing and applying shellac, lacquer, paint and other finishes

Job Titles

  • Blacksmith
  • Electroplater
  • Farrier
  • Metal Casting Trades Worker
  • Metal Polisher
  • Blacksmith

    Shapes bars, rods and blocks of metal by heating and hammering to produce or repair metal articles.

    Specialisations: Hammer Smith, Spring Maker, Tool Smith

  • Electroplater

    Controls plating processes and maintains solutions used to coat metal articles and other parts with non-ferrous metals.

    Specialisations: Anodiser, Electroformer, Galvaniser

  • Farrier

    Inspects, trims and shapes horses' hooves, and forms, fits and nails horseshoes.

  • Metal Casting Trades Worker

    Forms sand moulds and cores for the production of metal castings.

    Specialisations: Coremaker, Metal Moulder

  • Metal Polisher

    Polishes metal to impart smooth, reflective and other finishes.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    decline
  • Skill Level

    Certificate III or IV
  • Employment Size

    2500
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    83.1%
  • Female Share

    16.9%
  • Full-Time Share

    76.0%

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This is a very small occupation employing 2500 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen slightly.
A fall in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, Victoria has a large share of Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades .
  • They work in many industries. Some of the main industries are: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Manufacturing; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Full-time work is common. Full-time workers, on average, work 52.2 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 58 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Most workers are aged 45 years or over
  • Around 8 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
20053300
20063000
20073300
20083700
20093000
20102600
20112500
20122100
20132900
20142500
20152500
20202300

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

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Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryMetal Casting, Forging and Finishing Trades All Jobs Average
Full-time7668.4
Part-time2431.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)52.240

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing47.1
Manufacturing42.4
Wholesale Trade9.1
Other Services1.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateMetal Casting, Forging and Finishing Trades All Jobs Average
NSW32.431.8
VIC58.625.5
QLD019.8
SA06.8
WA4.811.2
TAS4.32
NT01.1
ACT01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMetal Casting, Forging and Finishing Trades All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190-5.45.4
20-244.8-9.99.9
25-340-23.423.4
35-444.3-21.721.7
45-5439.1-21.121.1
55-5915.2-8.78.7
60-6416.9-5.95.9
65 and Over19.8-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryMetal Casting, Forging and Finishing Trades CategoryAll Jobs Average
Males83.1Males53.6
Females16.9Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and are hardworking.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Production and Processing

    83% Important

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  2. Mathematics

    73% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Education and Training

    72% Important

    Teaching and course design.

  4. Mechanical

    70% Important

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  5. Engineering and Technology

    65% Important

    Use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Controlling Machines and Processes

    84% Important

    Operate machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  2. Getting Information

    84% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Handling and Moving Objects

    82% Important

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

  4. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    81% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  5. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    81% Important

    Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

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