Foundry Workers

(NOC 9412)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

Foundry workers make foundry moulds and cores by hand or machine, cast molten metal, and run furnaces in the foundry industry. They work for metal foundries and foundry departments of metal products manufacturing companies.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

  • Estimate 75 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 1460 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia. With a small percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Foundry Workers most commonly work full-time hours. Also, a large percentage of the workforce is self-employed which should be an important consideration for those thinking about employment in the occupation.

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

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Maximum

Annual Pay

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Minimum

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Median

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Maximum

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$23.91

Median

$35.04

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,056

Minimum

$30,111

Median

$70,518

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Foundry workers make foundry moulds and cores by hand or machine, cast molten metal, and run furnaces in the foundry industry. They work for metal foundries and foundry departments of metal products manufacturing companies.

Job duties

Manual mouldmakers:

  • Make and repair sand moulds using patterns, moulding boxes, sand and hand tools following bench, floor or pit moulding methods.
  • Use ovens to dry moulds.
  • May pour molten metal into moulds to produce metal castings.

Manual coremakers:

  • Make cores for use inside moulds to form holes or void spaces in castings using core boxes, sand, hammer and wire or other reinforcing material.
  • Coat cores with protective materials and bake cores in oven.

Machine mouldmakers and coremakers:

  • Set up, adjust and use various mouldmaking and coremaking machines to make sand and ceramics moulds and cores.

Metal casters:

  • Set up and use various casting machines to cast ferrous and non-ferrous metal products.
  • Hand ladle and pour molten metal into moulds to produce castings.

Foundry furnace operators:

  • Run furnaces used to melt metals for moulding and casting.

Sample job titles

  • bench moulder
  • casting machine operator
  • ceramic mouldmaker
  • die-casting machine operator
  • foundry worker
  • furnace operator
  • machine coremaker
  • manual moulder
  • melter
  • metal caster
  • pit moulder
  • sand coremaker
  • sand moulder

Skills

You should be responsible, alert, and in good physical health. Coordination, agility, and a mechanical ability are important. You must be accurate and pay attention to detail. You must also be able to take direction and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements

  • High school may be necessary.
  • On-the-job training is provided.
  • Up to two years of on-the-job training are necessary for manual mouldmakers.
  • Several months of on-the-job training are needed for other workers in this unit group.

Other considerations

Shiftwork is common in these jobs. There is some movement between workers in this group. Movement to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

< 50

employed in 2016

100.0%

employed full-time

66.7%

self employed

0.0%
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100%
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47

median age

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

15,275

employed in 2016

83.2%

employed full-time

3.2%

self employed

27.6%
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72.4%
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44.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

100.0%

North Shore

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

100.0%

Manufacturing

What is the age of Employment?

100.0%

45-54

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

24.5%

45-54

20.8%

55-64

19.3%

35-44

16.5%

25-34

15.0%

15-24

Top levels of education

66.7%

High school

N/A

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

38.1%

High school

$28,505 median annual income
23.3%

Less than high school

$19,224 median annual income
19.9%

College Diploma

$38,781 median annual income
12.2%

Trade Certification

$43,975 median annual income
4.5%

Bachelor

$39,715 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

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