What do Patternmakers, Foundrymen, Moulders and Core-Makers have in common? They are all a few of the specialisations you can obtain from taking on an apprenticeship in the casting and moulding fabrication industry. As a professional working in this trade, you would be working with a wide array of materials, to create casts and moulds for manufacturing anything from wheels to bulldozer blades.
As an apprentice in Casting and Moulding, you will be likely to find yourself employed within the mining, quarry and forestry industries. You would be working on creating moulds for the structural frames of large machines and equipment. With the increased investments into wind and solar farms, there is a big call for individuals who are skilled in the area to help build the new energy infrastructure. Beyond your moulding apprenticeship there are opportunities to proceed into several positions including (but not limited to) supervisor, foreperson, foundry engineer, factory technician and metallurgist.
A DAY ON THE JOB IN CASTING AND MOULDING
- Liaise with patternmakers and metallurgists about casting designs
- Prepare moulding boxes according to pattern requirements to create sand moulded castings
- Perform specific engineering measurements and computing tasks
- Use a range of tools, machinery and ‘hand-made’ process to create moulds and casts
- Prepare and mix sand for metal moulding
- Carry out sweep moulding by rotating patterns to scrape moulds to a circular shape
This trade requires a four-year apprenticeship. MIGAS will facilitate your practical work placement with one of our quality host employers. In addition to on-the-job training, we will assist you with enrolment through a Registered Training Organisation to complete your certification. With MIGAS you will be fully supported throughout your placement by a Field Officer and by the wider MIGAS Apprentices and Trainees community.