Metal Casting Trades Workers
Metal Casting Trades Workers form sand moulds and cores for the production of metal castings.
Specialisations: Coremaker, Metal Moulder.
Extensive experience or a certificate III in engineering (casting and moulding trade) is needed to work as a Metal Casting Trades Worker.
Selects metal stock for job requirements.
Heats metal in forges and furnaces and hammers, punches and cuts metal using hand tools and machine presses.
Tempers and hardens finished articles by quenching in oil or water baths or by cooling gradually in air.
Cuts, trims, shapes and smoothes stock to form mould patterns.
Fills boxes with sand and sets patterns in place and pours molten metal into moulds, applying refractory paint and positioning cores in moulds.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 92% of people employed as Metal Casting Trades Workers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 26 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 41 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Metal Casting Trades Workers work in the Manufacturing industry.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Metal Casting Trades Workers||All Jobs Average|
Around 44% of Metal Casting Trades Workers live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
Queensland and South Australia have a large share of employment relative to their population size.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Metal Casting Trades Workers is 47 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.
Females make up 2% of the workforce. This is 46 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Metal Casting Trades Workers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||7.0||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Extensive experience or a certificate III in engineering (casting and moulding trade) is needed to work as a Metal Casting Trades Worker.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Automotive Manufacturing Sector, Manufacturing and Metal and Engineering VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Metal Casting Trades Workers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.0||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||15.1||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and are hardworking.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
36%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
34%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
32%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
32%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Teaching people how to do something.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
29%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Talking to others.
Reading work related information.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
23%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
46%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
38%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
33%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
32%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
29%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
25%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
24%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
18%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
18%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
14%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
11%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Lift, push, pull, or carry things.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Listen to and understand what people say.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.
37%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
72%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
66%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
62%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
55%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
47%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
47%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
46%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
46%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
46%Working with mechanical equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
45%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
42%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
41%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
40%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
39%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
38%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
38%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
38%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
36%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
30%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
27%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
100%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
99%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
92%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
89%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
87%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
86%Very hot or cold temperatures
Work in very hot or cold temperatures.
Work to strict deadlines.
79%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
78%Bending or twisting your body
Spend time bending or twisting your body.
78%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
78%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
76%Indoors, not heat controlled
Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).
75%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
75%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
Talk with people face-to-face.
73%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
72%Pace of work set by equipment
Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.
Work with people in a group or team.
67%Walking and running
Spend time walking and running.
67%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
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