Profession casting mould maker

Casting mould makers create metal, wooden or plastic models of the finished product to be cast. The patterns are then used to create moulds, eventually leading to the casting of the product of the same shape as the pattern.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative


  • Casting processes

    The various practices used in the casting of metal, plastics and other cast materials, including mould filling, solidification, cooling, and others, all relating to varying approaches in case of different types of material.


  • Interpret 3D plans

    Interpret and understand plans and drawings in manufacturing processes which include representations in three dimensions.

  • Operate patternmaking machinery

    Operate various kinds of machinery and equipment involved in the production of patterns, such as drilling machines, milling machines, lathe machines, cutting machines, grinding machines, hand drills, and others.

  • Interpret 2D plans

    Interpret and understand plans and drawings in manufacturing processes which include representations in two dimensions.

  • Operate precision measuring equipment

    Measure the size of a processed part when checking and marking it to check if it is up to standard by use of two and three dimensional precision measuring equipment such as a caliper, a micrometer, and a measuring gauge.

  • Repair patterns

    Repair and rework various kinds of templates and patterns in manufacturing processes.

  • Read standard blueprints

    Read and comprehend standard blueprints, machine, and process drawings.

  • Calculate allowances for shrinkage in casting processes

    Calculate and take into account the level of allowance and shrinkage of the casted material that occur during casting when designing the pattern for the mould. Convert the margin calculation and dimensions to exact tolerances, ensuring the pattern will be larger than the casting.

Optional knowledge and skills

types of metal tend cnc grinding machine select pattern material attend to detail in casting processes tend computer numerical control lathe machine tend cnc milling machine precious metal processing non-ferrous metal processing prepare technical reports assemble pattern parts types of wood apply coating to patterns ferrous metal processing tend lathe types of plastic set up machine controls supervise work tend cnc drilling machine