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Overview

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 12,860 foundry mold and coremakers are employed in the United States.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $50,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma

Certification/License

None

Outlook

Decline
Personality Traits

Hands On

Organized

Technical

Career Ladder
Department Supervisor or Foundry Superintendent

Senior Molder

Molder

Apprentice or Foundry Helper

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