Coremakers create a variety of metal products that are necessary for day to day life. They oftentimes create large moulds, sand moulds or even cores in order to make the needed product. Occasionally, coremakers must undertake the project of heating raw metals and hammering them into the proper shape. They must apply coatings to the metal and polish them prior to customers inspection. Coremakers also repair metalwork.

Duties and tasks

  • Applying coatings and finishes to finished products
  • Applying paint
  • Create moulds to specifications
  • Ensure products are tempered properly
  • Forge metal
  • Polishing and buffing finished product
  • Pouring liquid metal into moulds
  • Regulate coating controls
  • Select the correct metal for the project
  • Use tools and pressed to cut metal

Skills required

  • Ability to lift heavy loads
  • Ability to monitor several gauges at once
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems within a product
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Exceptional time management skills
  • Knowledge of hand tools and machine presses

Working conditions

Coremakers often work in brutally hot conditions as heat will emanate from the melting area into the work space. The fumes can also be overwhelming so this position is not for those who cannot handle the heat or those who have breathing problems. Being a coremaker is a demanding job as deadlines must be met and products must be of high quality.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union
Master Builders Association

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