Foundry Mold and Coremakers

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Airset Caster
  • Airset Molder
  • Bond Runner
  • Core Baker
  • Core Drier
  • Core Machine Operator
  • Core Maker
  • Coremaker Apprentice
  • Core Microarchitect
  • Core Oven Tender
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What They Do

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

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2018, the average annual wage in Kansas City, MO-KS was $37,620 with most people making between $25,620 and $55,340

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2012, this occupation employed approximately -1 people in Kansas City, MO-KS. It is projected that there will be -1 employed in 2022.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about -1 replacement openings for approximately -1 total annual openings.



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