metal casting

Metal casting

Metal casters produce components using the traditional skills of patternmaking and casting.

Careers information

What does it involve?

People involved in the metal casting industry are trained to use various methods of producing parts from molten metal, and learn how to test, control, and adjust the chemical make-up of the metal.They use different types of traditional and modern mould making techniques, including 3D printed moulds. Producing exact replicas of the parts requires a high level of skill, as a change allowance must be made for when the molten metal cools.

Metal workers need to have:

  • knowledge of different metals, woods, clays, plastics and resins
  • knowledge of how to read technical plans and drawings
  • knowledge of casting methods
  • knowledge of various types of sands, paints and coatings used in moulding
  • knowledge of how to use and care for metal working tools and equipment.

What is involved in the job?

Metal workers may do some or all of the following:

  • read, interpret and create design drawings
  • build plugs (plastic replicas), and then produce patterns from materials such as wood, fiberglass and metal
  • make moulds
  • select the right metal for each job
  • heat and melt the required metal
  • pour it into moulds or hammer and cut it to shape
  • remove castings from moulds when they have cooled
  • inspect, test and repair metal castings
  • temper, harden, polish and coat the final product.

What kind of jobs could I do?

  • Patternmaker 
  • Foundryman
  • Moulder/coremaker

How much could I earn?

Icn Money

Per year

$30k - $60k

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How we support your industry

We partner with industry associations like Metals New Zealand to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential apprentices, and encouraging work placements.

We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences, competitions and graduations and regularly celebrate your learners’ success.

National qualifications

This qualification is designed to enable trainees/apprentices employed in the Metal Casting (Technology) discipline of Engineering to gain recognition for the relevant skills and knowledge required by industry expressed in terms of competency.

The qualification represents a set of foundation skills for mechanical engineering and specific skills in metal casting and engineering pattern making. Metal Casting (Technology) embraces Moulding and Patternmaking skills. Technological advances have initiated a convergence of these historical trades in that it is impossible for either to exist in isolation. People awarded this qualification are able to use the tools and make castings or patterns/tooling applicable to metal casting.

Click here for the NZQA qualification overview.