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Foundry Mold and Coremaker

All About Foundry Mold and Coremakers

Position Description Make or form wax or sand cores or molds used in the production of metal castings in foundries.

Life As a Foundry Mold & Coremaker

  • Clean and smooth molds, cores, and core boxes, and repair surface imperfections.
  • Sift and pack sand into mold sections, core boxes, and pattern contours, using hand or pneumatic ramming tools.
  • Pour molten metal into molds, manually or using crane ladles.
  • Tend machines that bond cope and drag together to form completed shell molds.
  • Move and position workpieces, such as mold sections, patterns, and bottom boards, using cranes, or signal others to move workpieces.
  • Position cores into lower sections of molds, and reassemble molds for pouring.

What Skills Do You Need to Work as a Foundry Mold & Coremaker?

Below is a list of the skills most Foundry Mold and Coremakers say are important on the job.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Time Management: Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  • Airset Caster
  • Core Microarchitect
  • Core Stacker
  • Sweep Molder
  • Core Oven Tender

Job Opportunities for Foundry Mold and Coremakers

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 12,500 jobs in the United States for Foundry Mold and Coremaker. There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Foundry Mold and Coremaker. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 900 job openings in this field each year.


The states with the most job growth for Foundry Mold & Coremaker are Florida, Washington, and Arkansas. Watch out if you plan on working in West Virginia, Oklahoma, or Kansas. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Do Foundry Mold and Coremakers Make A Lot Of Money?

The typical yearly salary for Foundry Mold and Coremakers is somewhere between $24,660 and $51,780.


Foundry Mold and Coremakers who work in Oregon, Virginia, or Massachusetts, make the highest salaries.

How much do Foundry Mold and Coremakers make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $36,940
Arizona $33,950
Arkansas $32,890
California $36,330
Colorado $35,530
Connecticut $36,270
Florida $35,340
Georgia $27,630
Illinois $44,280
Indiana $37,280
Iowa $40,570
Kansas $37,700
Kentucky $33,120
Louisiana $24,830
Massachusetts $45,400
Michigan $37,890
Minnesota $42,450
Mississippi $34,200
Missouri $39,400
Montana $38,780
Nebraska $35,170
New Hampshire $32,850
New Jersey $39,520
New York $40,910
North Carolina $26,700
Ohio $35,120
Oklahoma $30,080
Oregon $45,380
Pennsylvania $34,320
Rhode Island $37,460
South Carolina $35,810
Tennessee $33,860
Texas $29,210
Utah $36,340
Virginia $42,740
Washington $40,950
Wisconsin $37,520
Wyoming $41,790

What Tools do Foundry Mold and Coremakers Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Foundry Mold and Coremakers:

  • Data entry software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Dassault Systemes SolidWorks
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • Inventory tracking software
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Machine control software
  • CNC Software Mastercam

How to Become a Foundry Mold & Coremaker

Individuals working as a Foundry Mold and Coremaker have obtained the following education levels:


How many years of work experience do I need?


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