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.  

Summer 2015 Catalog

Education Calendar

  • July 15 – 16, 2015 : Coldbox Process 201 #01-16

    This course is the second in the coldbox series, and provides the next level of knowledge in relation to the molding and coremaking processed using within a foundry to make coldbox cores. Discussion will include coldbox terminology and a review of the coldbox process for coremaking, common sands, additives and coatings used, coldbox binders and in particular PUCB, a look at core box equipment, core box tooling and best usage parameters, and considerations when troubleshooting and optimizing the process for proper quality assurance.

  • July 29 – 29, 2015 : Green Sand Testing #02-16

    This course provides detailed instruction on the need for and how to correctly perform widely used green sand tests, including proper sand sampling methods, from the AFS Mold & Core Test Handbook. This 1 day, focused course will be held in a lab setting to provide hands-on practice running tests. Participants will also learn typical operating ranges for test values, and be able to discuss results. To view a list of which tests will be performed, and determine whether this is the right course for you, please review the course syllabus available online.

  • August 4 – 5, 2015 : Casting Defect Analysis #03-16

    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. Implementing the wrong solution can cost the foundry in terms of runtime, cost, waste, safety, reduced return on investment or profit, sales and expertise. 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).

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