Foundry workers (NOC 9412)

About this job

Foundry workers:

  • make foundry moulds and cores by hand or machine
  • cast molten metal
  • operate furnaces
  • work for metal foundries and foundry departments of metal products manufacturing companies
Common job titles
  • caster
  • caster, foundry
  • coater, wax-pattern / moulder
  • coremaker, bench / machine / pipe
  • extruder, core
  • foundry - core-sand mixer


Manual mouldmakers:

  • make and repair sand moulds using patterns, moulding boxes, sand and hand tools following bench, floor or pit moulding methods
  • operate 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 in oven

Machine mouldmakers and coremakers:

  • set up, adjust and operate various mouldmaking and coremaking machines to make sand and ceramics moulds and cores

Metal casters:

  • set up and operate 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

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work also takes place in an indoor environment, such as a furnace room where temperatures or humidity may vary considerably.
  • Working with equipment, instruments, machinery or power/hand tools may be source of injury.
  • Workers may be exposed to fire, steam or hot surfaces that can be hazardous.
  • The workplace many contain strong or toxic odours.
  • Noise in the workplace may cause distraction or hearing loss.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

There is some movement between workers in this group.

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.