Molders


Overview

Molders

Introduction

Molders, also known as foundry mold and coremakers, form sand molds for use in the production of metal castings. This production method, known as sand casting, requires knowledge of the properties of metals and sand mixtures, pattern shapes, and pouring procedures. Implementing a two-part box called a flask, molders pack specially prepared sand mix around a pattern of the object that is to be cast. The pattern is then removed and molten metal is poured into the cavity where it solidifies and forms the casting. Approximately...

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Median Salary

$35,430

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Employment Prospects

Poor

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Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma


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Experience

Apprenticeship


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Skills

Math


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Personality Traits

Hands On

Earnings

In February 2020, Glassdoor.com reported the average annual salary for molders was $33,931. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, median hourly wages for foundry mold and coremakers were $17.04 in May 2018, or about $35,430 annually for full-time work. The lowest paid 10 percent earned $11.86 per hour or $24,660 annually, while the highest paid 10 percent earned $24.90 per hour, or $51,780...

Work Environment

Molders work indoors and with others. Responsibilities are performed mostly during the day and within a standard 40-hour workweek. Tasks are strenuous and require standing, stooping, lifting, and carrying.

Foundry work is hazardous, and the injury rate is higher than the average for all manufacturing industries. Sand molders risk burns from the hot metal, as well as cuts and bruises from...

Outlook

Employment of molders is expected to decline through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Molders are skilled artisans who are gradually being replaced by technicians who can set up and maintain automated mold making machinery. Those who are entering this field are mainly replacing workers who retire, transfer, or leave the occupation. Competition for available openings can be inten...

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