Moulder / Caster



OFO No: 651101





Other names for Moulder:

  • Coremaker
  • Foundry Moulder
  • Metal Caster
  • Metal Casting Moulder
  • Metal Mould Maker

What is a Moulder?

A Moulder may also be known as a Caster or Coremaker.

They usually work in a foundry which is a special place designed to handle hot metals.

A Moulder or Caster takes the molten liquid (melted metal) and pours it into casts or moulds to create specific shapes.

Moulds can be made out of sand, wax or other metals.

Once the metal has cooled, it’s then grinded, sanded and polished.  Decorative treatments may be added at the end – depending what it is used for.

A Moulder or Caster can work on large industrial moulds or on tiny pieces for jewellery elements.

Some Moulders may even be Sculptors and design artistic pieces cast in bronze.

What does a Moulder do?

  • understands and reads drawings and technical specifications
  • creates moulds for casting metals
  • constructs parts by cutting, rolling, bending, shaping etc using specialised tools and equipment
  • assembles parts using welds, screws, bots or rivets
  • cleans and polishes final products
  • applies decorative finishes if required
  • maintains equipment and moulds

Are you …?

  • technically aware?
  • a person with good hearing and vision?
  • a person with good hand-eye co-ordination?
  • detail orientated?
  • accurate?
  • good at communications?
  • patient?
  • safety conscious?
  • physically fit and healthy?
  • energetic?

How do I become a Moulder?


  • Apprenticeship
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Foundry Operations (Machine moulding) NQF Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Foundry Operations (Foundry Melting) NQF Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Metals Processing NQF Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Foundry Operations (Metal Tooling) Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) for Artisans: CLICK HERE
  • If you have already been working a long time as a Moulder / Caster without qualifications, you may be able to get your qualification through RPL
  • Trade Test


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Jewellery Designer … or … Automotive Sheet Metal Worker

Is becoming a Moulder or Caster the right career choice for me?