How to become a foundry process operator
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You can do an engineering course at college, which may help when you start looking for work. Courses include:
- Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Engineering
- Level 1 Diploma In Engineering and Manufacturing
- Level 2 Certificate in Engineering
There are no set entry requirements for this route but it may help you to get in if you have:
- 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
You can complete an engineering operative intermediate apprenticeship or a metal casting and foundry technician advanced apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You can apply to foundries for work if you've got experience in engineering, factory production or metal fabrication.
You can find out more about careers in the metals industry from the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers and Tomorrow's Engineers.