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Pourer/Caster  What They Do

Just the Facts


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

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Collects samples, or signals workers to sample metal for analysis.
  • Pours and regulates the flow of molten metal into molds and forms to produce ingots or other castings, using ladles or hand-controlled mechanisms.
  • Reads temperature gauges and observes color changes, adjusting furnace flames, torches, or electrical heating units as necessary to melt metal to specifications.
  • Examines molds to ensure they are clean, smooth, and properly coated.
  • Positions equipment such as ladles, grinding wheels, pouring nozzles, or crucibles, or signal other workers to position equipment.
  • Skims slag or removes excess metal from ingots or equipment, using hand tools, strainers, rakes, or burners, collecting scrap for recycling.
  • Turns valves to circulate water through cores, or sprays water on filled molds to cool and solidify metal.
  • Adds metal to molds to compensate for shrinkage.
  • Pulls levers to lift ladle stoppers and to allow molten steel to flow into ingot molds to specified heights.
  • Loads specified amounts of metal and flux into furnaces or clay crucibles.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of special protective items such as a breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suit, or radiation protection
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Caster --
  • Caster Operator --
  • Casting Machine Operator --
  • Die Cast Operator (DCO) --
  • Direct Chill Caster (DC Caster) --
  • Furnace Operator --
  • General Foundry Worker --
  • Iron Pourer --
  • Melter - Caster --
  • Metal Handler --