Metalcasting offers exceptionally rewarding careers for those individuals with the right skills. A broad range of engineering, management, and production positions are available. Here's what metalcasters have to say about why they love their careers!
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Kayla Tharp, Disa Mold Operator Rochester Metal Products, Rochester, IN
“I chose metalcasting as a career because every job is interesting, I love the people and it’s a fun place to work.”
Nick Slobidsky, Mechanical Engineer Simpson Technologies, Aurora, IL
“I customize and design sand processing equipment for foundries using animations. There is no average work week for me, which is one of the benefits. Any given week, I might visit a customer site to head an installation of equipment I designed, then the next week, spend my time designing equipment for another foundry. Other times I might work on equipment layouts for a day or so -- however long it takes to get it done right. In the grand scheme of things, I take pride in getting projects out the door 100% correct.”
Ashley Folden-Ecker, Process Control Engineer
Dotson Iron Castings, Mankato, MN "I enjoy working in metalcasting because of the ever-changing technology and unlimited opportunities to continue to grow and learn new things. Plus, there’s never a dull day in a foundry!”
Jacob Belke, Melt Supervisor Neenah Foundry Company, Neenah, WI
“I love metalcasting because it allows you to make just about anything you want out of hot, molten metal. Who doesn't love 2,800-degree Fahrenheit iron?!”
Nick Verdolivo, Manager Trainee Rochester Metal Products, Rochester, IN
"I chose metalcasting as a career because it is a rewarding career, and I get a good feeling that the castings we make are going to help the world one way our another."
Micca Belke, Metallurgical Engineer Mercury Marine, Fond du Lac, WI
“I love metalcasting as a career because I get to act as a metallurgical detective. Analyzing fracture surfaces to reveal the cause of failure is fun and exciting! There’s never a dull moment as I constantly get exposed to new projects every day!”
Zach Gurtner, Sales & Marketing Bremen Castings Inc., Bremen, IN
“A few years ago, I did not see myself choosing a career in metalcasting. When I started at BCI, I soon figured out the impact that metalcasting has on every aspect of life. Growing up on a farm, I did not know that many parts on our tractors were made in my own hometown. I could not be more excited to get my career in metalcasting at Bremen Casting and continuing to learn more and more about the industry."
Ben Jensen, Production Supervisor
Dotson Iron Castings, Mankato, MN "I love the hard work environment, the great teamwork, and taking a customer’s vision and making it a reality."
Doug Neal Hunter Foundry Machinery Corporation, Schaumburg, IL
“I started out working in the foundry using Hunter machines in 1991. About four years later, I began working maintenance on the Hunter machines. That continued until 2007, when I began working for Hunter and building the machines.
When this path began so many years ago, it wasn't exactly what I thought I'd be doing the rest of my life. But as it turns out, hard work and dedication over the years does indeed pay off. I continued to progress and follow the path in the metalcasting field and ended up with a rewarding career. It is very satisfying for me to know that, in the end, a machine that I have built is going to go to a foundry and last for 30 years."
Miriam Meyo, HR Assistant/Translator Rochester Metal Products, Rochester, IN
"I chose metalcasting as a career because I learn something new every day. The pay is good and I like the people I work with. I like my hours and the company cares about me."
Todd Sveen, Nobake Molding Lead Alliant Castings, Winona, MN
“I love the fact that I’m a part of creating something from scrap metal and reused sand and making it into a useful product.”
Lizeth Medina, Manager of Technical Services Neenah Foundry Company, Neenah, WI
“I was attracted to metalcasting because of the relationship between metalcasting and other industries, the fact that metals are the oldest materials and continue to be a vital part of our lives, and because in many applications, these materials likely will never be replaced. The need to improve and innovate, and the impact that I can achieve within, is what made me love metalcasting.” (Lizeth Medina is shown working with Jeremy Heinz, finish room supervisor, industrial castings, Neenah Foundry Company.)
Todd Gamble, Jr., Maintenance Repairer Lead Man Rochester Metal Products, Rochester, IN
“I chose metalcasting as a career because there is a chance for advancement and it’s a rewarding career – promotions can happen by working and trying harder.”
Austin Partin, Purdue University Student and Future Process Engineer Bremen Castings Inc., Bremen, IN
"I first started working at Plymouth Foundry after high school and became fascinated with the metalcasting process. I started taking a metals processing class and joined the Purdue Chapter of the American Foundry Society. During this time, I became more involved with expanding the chapter and in the industry itself. I obtained an internship with Bremen Castings after my junior year and have since accepted a full-time position with them. My time with AFS allowed me to advance my skills in metalcasting, as well as giving me a chance to network with many great people within the industry.”
Shane Rist, Disa Disprue Operator Rochester Metal Products, Rochester, IN
“I chose metalcasting as a career because of the variety of work, I am never bored and it’s the highest paying job I ever had – lots of overtime.”
Gerald Richard, Application Manager MAGMA Foundry Technologies Inc., Schaumburg, IL
“Being able see something develop from concept to finished part leaves one with a sense of pride and accomplishment unparalleled to any other. Now, after transitioning to a supplier to the industry, the love comes from supporting foundries to improve and realize goals that will help them stay competitive and continue to advance into the future.”
Josh Schieber, Melt Furnace Operator Rochester Metal Products, Rochester, IN
“I chose metalcasting as a career because it is good, honest work. The pay is good and the hours are what I like. There are lots of chances for advancement and I can bid on a job and move if I want, too.”
John Hambleton, Project Engineer MAGMA Foundry Technologies, Schaumburg, IL
“I love working in the metalcasting industry because it consistently challenges me. No matter how much I learn, there will always be new and different problems that foundries face and I enjoy learning how to overcome those challenges.”
Jessica Willis, Finishing Utility Operator Rochester Metal Products, Rochester, IN
“The people are nice and the jobs are easy to understand. The pay is good, and better when I get overtime.”
For information about college programs in metalcasting, please visit the Foundry Educational Foundation website