What do they do?

Operate hand-controlled mechanisms to pour and regulate the flow of molten metal into molds to produce castings or ingots.

Also known as:

Aluminum Pourer, Caster, Casting Operator, Die Cast Operator (DCO), Direct Chill Caster (DC Caster), Ingot Caster, Iron Pourer, Ladleman, Melter, Metal Handler, Pourer, Vacuum Caster

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Pourers and Casters, Metal is projected to show little or no change from 2020 to 2030.

Projected Employment in VA

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    Ranks #20 in job growth rate
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    Job Openings

    Ranks #28 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (<1%)
  • Master's degree  (1%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (7%)
  • Associate's degree  (6%)
  • Some college, no degree  (22%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (52%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (12%)

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Inspect production equipment.
  • Place materials into molds.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of production materials or products.
  • Monitor instruments to ensure proper production conditions.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
  • Collect samples of materials or products for testing.
  • Signal others to coordinate work activities.
  • Load materials into production equipment.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate coolant flow.
  • Apply parting agents or other solutions to molds.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces.
  • Skim impurities from molten metal.
  • Remove workpieces from molds.
  • Engrave designs, text, or other markings onto materials, workpieces, or products.
  • Assemble mechanical components or machine parts.
  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
  • Move products, materials, or equipment between work areas.
  • Operate forklifts or other loaders.
  • Clean production equipment.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment.
  • Repair templates, patterns, or molds.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 28.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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