Metal Casting Engineer

Metal casters produce components using the traditional skills of patternmaking and casting.

Careers information

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What do they do?

Metal casting engineers produce parts from molten metal and test, control and adjust the chemical make-up of the metal. They use traditional and modern techniques and a high level of skill.

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A typical day

Normally an eight-hour day; sometimes working longer may be required.

Work can include reading, interpreting and creating design drawings, producing replicas, before making moulds, selecting the metals, inspecting, testing and repairing castings, then tempering, hardening, polishing and coating the final product.

You will learn about all sorts of materials; metals, woods, clays, plastics and resins.


     Sound like you?

Study areas
Helpful experience
Preferred work environments
  • English or Media or History
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics 
  • Sciences or Workshop Technologies
  • Computing/ICT/Information Management
  • Reasonable strength and fitness
  • Good literacy and numeracy
  • Confidence with IT, computers, technology
  • Good work habits/time management
  • Making or fixing things
  • Working with machinery
  • Inside (workshop or plant)

Career pathway

SchoolEntry level jobsAdvancing jobsSenior jobs

Ideally, NCEA Level 2 in:


  • Maths
  • Science (physics)
  • Technology (metal work)
  • English
  • Foundryman
  • Pattern Maker
    • Mould Maker
    • Metal worker
    • Metal Forger
    • Blacksmith
    • Metal Extruder
    • Metal Worker
  • Specialist Engineer
  • Supervisor
  • Leading Hand
  • Workshop Supervisor
  • Welding Supervisor
  • Foreman
  • Site Supervisor
  • Business Manager
  • Business Owner
 Unit/Achievement standards in schools Apprenticeship Higher learning Higher learning

Gateway programme available