Metal Forming/Casting

Career information

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.

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



These can be useful from school:

Ideally NCEA Level 2 in:

  • Maths
  • Science (physics)
  • Technology (metal work)
  • English.
Entry level jobs


  • Foundryman
  • Pattern Maker
  • Mould Maker
  • Metal worker
  • Metal Forger
  • Blacksmith
  • Metal Extruder
  • Metal Worker.


Advancing jobs

Higher learning

  • Specialist Engineer
  • Supervisor
  • Leading Hand
  • Workshop Supervisor
  • Welding Supervisor.
Senior jobs

Higher learning

  • Foreman
  • Site Supervisor
  • Business Manager
  • Business Owner.


New Zealand Certificate in Metal Forming (Trade) (Level 4)

This qualification is designed to enable trainees/apprentices employed in the metal casting discipline of engineering to gain recognition for the relevant skills and knowledge required by industry.

The qualification represents a set of foundation skills for mechanical engineering and specific skills in metal casting and engineering pattern making. Metal casting embraces moulding and pattern making skills. Technological advances have initiated a convergence of these historical trades: it is impossible for either to exist in isolation. People awarded this qualification can use the tools and make castings or patterns/tooling applicable to metal casting.