Molders, also known as foundry mold and coremakers, form sand molds for use in the production of metal castings. This production method, known as sand casting, requires knowledge of the properties of metals and sand mixtures, pattern shapes, and pouring procedures. Implementing a two-part box called a flask, molders pack specially prepared sand mix around a pattern of the object that is to be cast. The pattern is then removed and molten metal is poured into the cavity where it solidifies and forms the casting. Approximately 13,100 foundry mold and coremakers are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Bench Molders, Finish Molders, Floor Molders, Foundry Mold and Coremakers, Hand Molders, Machine Line Molders, Machine Molders, Mold Closers, Sand Molders, Sand-Slinger Operators
Duties Form sand molds for use in the production of metal castings; operate machinery that makes sand molds
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) The Great Lakes states, on the West Coast, and in Alabama, but opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Technical
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Department Supervisor or Foundry Superintendent
  • Senior Molder
  • Molder
  • Apprentice or Foundry Helper

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