Metal Casting Trades Workers form sand moulds and cores for the production of metal castings.

Specialisations: Coremaker, Metal Moulder.

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

Tasks

  • Selects metal stock for job requirements.
  • Heats metal in forges and furnaces and hammers, punches and cuts metal using hand tools and machine presses.
  • Tempers and hardens finished articles by quenching in oil or water baths or by cooling gradually in air.
  • Cuts, trims, shapes and smoothes stock to form mould patterns.
  • Fills boxes with sand and sets patterns in place and pours molten metal into moulds, applying refractory paint and positioning cores in moulds.

More about Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades

All Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades

  • $2,020 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Metal Casting Trades Workers

  • 230 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 47 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Metal Casting Trades Workers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 430 in 2011 to 230 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Metal Casting Trades Workers work in Queensland and South Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Manufacturing industry.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (92%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (57%).
  • Gender: 2% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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)
Manufacturing92.6
Construction3.3
Mining1.4
Wholesale Trade1.4
Other Industries1.3

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 Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW25.531.6
VIC20.925.6
QLD28.520.0
SA12.67.0
WA11.310.8
TAS1.32.0
NT0.01.0
ACT0.01.9

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 Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.8-5.05.0
20-244.0-9.39.3
25-3417.2-22.922.9
35-4419.8-22.022.0
45-5427.8-21.621.6
55-5912.8-9.09.0
60-649.7-6.06.0
65 and Over7.0-4.24.2

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 Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree0.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.1-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV74.0-21.121.1
Year 127.8-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below15.1-12.512.5

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

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

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and processing

    46% Skill level

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

  2. Mechanical

    40% Skill level

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

  3. Education and training

    38% Skill level

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

  4. English language

    36% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Mathematics

    35% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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Demands

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

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

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

  2. Spend time standing

    99% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  3. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    92% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  4. Exposure to contaminants

    89% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  5. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    87% Important

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

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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, 51-4071.00 - Foundry Mold and Coremakers.

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