Career Development

AFS exists in part to meet the career and educational needs of its members. Through Institute classes, in-plant training, the Education Solutions program, Metalcasting Career Center, reference and resource material, and various workshops, seminars and conferences, AFS helps drive the sustainability and growth of the metalcasting industry.

Training programs include classes held at AFS headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill., as well as in various locations across North America. Companies may also schedule in-plant training sessions for the convenience of their employees. Popular classes also are available as instructor-led internet courses or self-paced on-demand courses.

AFS classes and workshops tackle specific industry segments and issues, providing tools and resources to attendees to apply in their own facility.

The AFS Career Center offers a specialized job search venue geared toward metal casters, both those looking for employees and those looking for work.  

Fall 2014 Catalog

Winter 2014/2015 Catalog

Education Calendar

  • December 2 – 2, 2014 : Coldbox Process 101 #12-15

    Coldbox Coremaking 101, is an introduction to the coldbox coremaking process used within a foundry. Discussion will include terminology, common sands and binder systems used to make cold box cores, the core making process, using and maintaining equipment, and considerations for identifying core defects. This course is a pre-requisite for advanced coremaking courses.

  • December 4 – 5, 2014 : Casting Defect Analysis #13-15

    In order to determine the true root cause of a casting defect and select the proper corrective action, a systematic evaluation method must be applied. The intention of this course is for participants to become proficient in applying a ten step procedure that will enable them to analyze and reduce metalcasting defects by correctly identifying defects and their root causes, and determining appropriate corrective actions. This course is applicable to sand molding processes (green, nobake, coldbox, shell).

  • December 9 – 10, 2014 : Casting Supplier Auditing #14-15

    This course will review the methods supply chain personnel need to utilize to effectively perform audits of metalcasting facilities. Topics covered will include: an overview of the audit process; determining audit requirements; developing and preparing to perform an audit; and closing the audit loop. Held at a casting supplier, participants will spend the better part of the second class day auditing several different areas of the foundry as part of this interactive and hands-on course. In addition, the course registration fee includes a networking dinner December 9.

    This course is only open to employees from companies who design and/or purchase metalcastings, and class size is limited to 20 participants. All participants will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement with Waupaca Foundry. Click the link below to view and download the form. This signed form is required prior to registration. Please contact Celeste Smith at csmith@afsinc.org or 847-824-0181 x209 to submit your form and register.

    Non Disclosure Agreement

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