Careers in Metalcasting

The Future of Careers in Metalcasting


When people think of jobs in metalcasting, they might think of pouring metal, but there is much more to it than that. The industry has career paths in everything from engineering to sales to business management and offers well-paying jobs for post-college and post-high school graduates. It supports careers in metalcasting facilities as well as in companies that support the industry through the supply of equipment, raw materials and services.


• Science?    • Building things?

• Designing things?  • Being creative?

• Working with people?  • Solving problems?


The industry needs: 

  • Business Managers
  • Chemical Engineers
  • Computer Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Human Resources
  • Safety Managers
  • Accountants
  • Quality Control Technicians
  • Marketing & Sales People
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Metallurgists
  • Skilled Trade  


Post High School

  • Molder, Machine Operator, Pourer, Crane Operator: $19+/hr
  • Lab technician, Quality Assurance, Welder, Furnace Operator: $19+/hr
  • Patternmaker, Maintenance Mechanic: $24+/hr
  • Electrician: $25+/hr

Post College

  • Molding, Melt Superintendent: $80.000+/yr
  • Metallurgist, Quality Assurance Manager, Facilities Manager: $85,000+/yr
  • Engineering Manager, Plant Manager, HR Manager, Controller: $110,000+/yr
  • Sales Manager, Technical Director: $120,000+/yr
  • VP, President:  $190,000+/yr


  • 98% of U.S. metalcasting facilities offer health benefits
  • 90% offer retirement plans
  • 83% pay bonuses


Census of Global Casting Production: Metalcasting is worldwide. To view casting shipment tonnages by nation, visit the Modern Casting archives. The Census of Global Casting Production is published annually in the December issue. 

Metalcasting Terms: This glossary can help you talk the talk with practical definitions of common phrases and terms.

Metalcasting Job Board: Employers can browse our resume database or post a job on our industry job board. AFS members receive priority listings and discounts.

Melting Point is a magazine and website for students and educators to learn more about careers in metalcasting. Click here to subscribe.


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