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/Winter 2015 Catalog

Winter/Spring Catalog

Education Calendar

  • December 1 – 2, 2015 : Introduction to Metalcasting #18-16

    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 2 – 3, 2016 : Casting Supplier Auditing #19-16

    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 Lodge Mfg., 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 February 2. This course is only open to employees from companies who design and/or purchase metalcastings, and class size is limited to 20 participants.

  • February 2 – 2, 2016 : Coldbox Process 101 #20-16

    Coldbox Coremaking 101, is an introduction to the coldbox coremaking process used within a foundry. This course is a pre-requisite for advanced coremaking courses.

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