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

  • January 22 – 22, 2015 : Ergonomics: Optimizing Efficiency, Quality & Safety in the Foundries #16-15

    This course covers the use of ergonomic principles to recognize, evaluate, and control work place conditions that cause or contribute to employee safety and productivity issues. Participants who attend this course will leave with the knowledge necessary to either initiate a new or improve an existing ergonomics program for controlling health and performance problems; to educate and convince management of the cost benefits of an ergonomically sound workplace; to proactively identify potential risks and determine cost effective and sustainable jobsite modifications; and to increase the effectiveness of existing lean and Six Sigma programs by integrating ergonomics to improve work processes which result in increased employee engagement, greater efficiency and better margins.

  • January 28 – 29, 2015 : Introduction to Metalcasting #17-15

    This course introduces the process of metalcasting. It provides a broad picture of what happens in a casting production facility, while illustrating the technology, variables and complexity involved in producing a casting. It covers casting design, alloy selection, process selection, design of the gating system, pouring and shakeout methods, cleaning and finishing methods, quality assurance, and key safety and environmental regulations.

  • February 18 – 19, 2015 : Green Sand Molding 201 #18-15

    The second course in the green sand molding series, this course provides participants with the next level of knowledge related to the sand molding processes used within green sand foundries. The first day will focus on an introduction to applications requiring specialty sands; types of sand additives and their effects on green sand; equipment; sand handling and storage; sand reclamation and re-use; and green sand process variables and methods to make adjustments to ensure a quality mold is made. The second day will address green sand quality control tests for ferrous and non-ferrous alloys, reviewing the types, purpose, frequency, and typical result ranges for each, and finish with an introduction to statistical process control for sand systems.

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