Mold makers create, adjust, and adapt the molds used in cast manufacturing. Most frequently, tool and machine parts manufacturers are the employers for mold makers. Mold makers typically work with specifications from a design team, and they need to know how to work from schematics and be familiar with computer-aided design (CAD) programs for this purpose. The mold maker then creates initial molds. Upon the successful completion of production runs and quality control for parts from the casting, the maker then puts the mold into the production cycle. Mold makers often work with existing parts, making necessary adjustments to existing molds and conforming existing molds to new product specifications.
Another key aspect to the mold maker's job is the evolving nature of metallurgy and other moldable compounds. Mold makers must keep up to date on the newest materials related to the maker’s manufacturing plant. In some cases, mold makers must have an educational and experience background in engineering, which will be used in the research and design process as well. These molders assist the design team in developing working models and prototypes.
A mold maker normally works in a factory environment, and so the mold maker must have excellent knowledge of a variety of manufacturing machines. Mold makers typically must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent, with vocational school training and some apprenticeship to a senior molder required as well. Mold makers normally work regular business hours and should expect to spend much of their time in the factory working on their feet.
Mold Maker Tasks
- Inspect, maintain, clean, lubricate, and repair molds and production equipment.
- Employ safe practices when operating machinery and adhere to all workplace safety protocol.
- Prepare detailed work plans geared towards efficiency and accuracy.
- Assist in the design and capability assessment of new molds.