Metal Casting, Forging and Finishing Trades Worker ANZSCO

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Job Summary of this Unit Group:

Metal Casting, Forging and Finishing Trades Workers fabricate mould patterns and form sand moulds and cores for the production of metal castings, heat and hammer metal into shape, and make, repair, coat and polish metal parts and articles.


Requisite Education:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)


Whether the Education can be substituted with experience:

  • Yes, at least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification.
  • In some instances, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.


Detailed Tasks:

  • selecting metal stock for job requirements
  • heating metal in forges and furnaces and hammering, punching and cutting metal using hand tools and machine presses
  • tempering and hardening finished articles by quenching in oil or water baths or by cooling gradually in air
  • preparing electrolytic and silver solutions for electroforming, and applying solution to the objects to be coated
  • setting and adjusting controls to regulate electric current and depositing of coating on objects
  • preparing horses’ hooves for shoeing, nailing horseshoes to hooves, and trimming hooves
  • cutting, trimming, shaping and smoothing stock to form mould patterns
  • filling boxes with sand and setting patterns in place, and pouring molten metal into moulds
  • applying refractory paint and positioning cores in moulds
  • finishing metal and articles by polishing and buffing and applying shellac, lacquer, paint and other finishes


322111 Blacksmith ANZSCO

Shapes bars, rods and blocks of metal by heating and hammering to produce or repair metal articles.

Skill Level: 3

Skilled Occupations List: N/A


  • Hammer Smith
  • Spring Maker
  • Tool Smith


322112 Electroplater ANZSCO

Controls plating processes and maintains solutions used to coat metal articles and other parts with non-ferrous metals.

Skill Level: 3

Skilled Occupations List: N/A


  • Anodiser
  • Electroformer
  • Galvaniser


322113 Farrier ANZSCO

Inspects, trims and shapes horses’ hooves, and forms, fits and nails horseshoes.

Skill Level: 3

Skilled Occupations List: Short Term


322114 Metal Casting Trades Worker ANZSCO

Forms sand moulds and cores for the production of metal castings.

Skill Level: 3

Skilled Occupations List: N/A


  • Coremaker
  • Metal Moulder


322115 Metal Polisher ANZSCO

Polishes metal to impart smooth, reflective and other finishes.

Skill Level: 3

Skilled Occupations List: N/A


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