Moulder, core maker or die caster

Moulders, core makers and die casters make sand, loam and plaster moulds and cores for casting metal and pour or inject molten metal into dies by hand or machine.


  • Prepares casting pit with vents to allow the escape of gases, scoops molten metal from furnace using ladle and pours it into die or die casting machine.
  • Fits cores in mould to form hollow parts in casting.
  • Applies refractory bonding solution to moulds and dies to prevent molten metal fusing with sand.
  • Separates mould from pattern and repairs damage or imperfections in mould surfaces.
  • Transfers mould unit to oven for baking or hardens by injecting carbon dioxide.
  • Positions moulding frame over pattern, fills it with sand, loam, or plaster and compacts by hand or machine.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 60% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for moulder, core maker or die caster is £20,105

12 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 12. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for moulder, core maker or die caster roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £20,105 per year. That is about £1,675 per month or £10.31 per hour. New workers generally start on £13,324, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £32,189

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 12 people are employed in the region.

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