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.


  • Repair patterns

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

  • Interpret 2D plans

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

  • Mark processed workpiece

    Inspect and mark parts of the workpiece to indicate how they will fit into the finished product.

  • 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.

  • Read standard blueprints

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Interpret 3D plans

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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