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 2014 Catalog

Fall 2014 Catalog

Education Calendar

  • September 17 – 18, 2014 : Introduction to Metalcasting #04-15

    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.

  • September 24 – 25, 2014 : Nobake Molding & Coremaking 101 #05-15

    This course provides participants with a basic foundation of the nobake molding and coremaking process used within a foundry. Discussion will include basic terminology, common chemical binders used, the mold and coremaking process, equipment, and evaluating molds for defects. Participants will receive hands-on practice, walk through the decision-making process for evaluating casting deficiencies and leave with a customized troubleshooting list for use back on the job. This course is a pre-requisite for advanced molding, testing and control courses.

  • October 1 – 3, 2014 : Problem Solving & Process Improvement #06-15

    Foundries today often struggle with problem solving, and have a need for training with a focus on metal casting issues. This 2.5 day course provides participants with basic root cause analysis training. At its core, this course provides foundry personnel with disciplined problem solving techniques, and emphasizes tools to better understand process data and performance using unique examples and case studies drawn from foundry settings. Some of the topics taught include: problem solving approaches, process thinking, problem characterization and a look at types of data, collecting and analyzing data, tools for analyzing process variation, process capability, testing the root cause, developing solutions and countermeasures, and methods for sustaining improvement.

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