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.

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III or IV in engineering - fabrication trade is needed to work as a Metal Casting, Forging or Finishing Trades Worker.

    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

    More about Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades

    All Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades

    All Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades

    • $2,020 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 5,100 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 77% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 44 years Average age
    • 5% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 5,100 in 2018 to 5,100 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 3,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 600 a year).

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and Arts and Recreation Services.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,020 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (77%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 5% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20083800
    20093700
    20102400
    20113700
    20122600
    20132600
    20143000
    20152600
    20161600
    20172200
    20185100
    20235100

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsMetal Casting, Forging and Finishing TradesAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings20201460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Manufacturing50.3
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing38.0
    Arts and Recreation Services2.2
    Other Services1.6
    Other Industries7.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateMetal Casting, Forging and Finishing TradesAll Jobs Average
    NSW27.631.6
    VIC27.525.6
    QLD21.420.0
    SA8.57.0
    WA12.610.8
    TAS1.62.0
    NT0.51.0
    ACT0.41.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketMetal Casting, Forging and Finishing TradesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.9-5.05.0
    20-246.6-9.39.3
    25-3418.7-22.922.9
    35-4423.7-22.022.0
    45-5425.6-21.621.6
    55-599.5-9.09.0
    60-647.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over5.4-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationMetal Casting, Forging and Finishing TradesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree4.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV46.3-21.121.1
    Year 1213.8-18.118.1
    Year 115.9-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below23.4-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III or IV in engineering - fabrication trade is needed to work as a Metal Casting, Forging or Finishing Trades Worker.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Production and processing

      63% Skill level

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

    2. Mechanical

      62% Skill level

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

    3. Mathematics

      52% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Education and training

      51% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    5. Administration and management

      51% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-4022.00 - Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Dangerous equipment

      100% Important

      Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

    2. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      100% Important

      Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      95% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Time pressure

      89% Important

      Work to strict deadlines.

    5. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

      89% Important

      Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

    Occupational Information Network
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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-4022.00 - Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic.

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