Last time, we looked at a few of the many available jobs and career choices at an iron foundry. We focused on the jobs available on the production floor, such as iron transporter, grinder operator, and mold and core makers. These and other jobs require the ability to handle various hand and power tools and follow blueprints and complex instructions. In this post, we will spend some time looking at a few more jobs on the floor and then shift focus to the people who work in the offices.
Quality Technician: Quality technicians in an iron foundry use several different pieces of equipment to verify the quality of finished castings. That equipment will include spectrometers, x-ray equipment, and dyes to verify the final product’s integrity. Often, chemistry will have to be verified to ensure that the alloy finishes as expected.
Quality Engineer: This job shares certain similarities to the one above. However, there are specific skills and experiences needed as a quality engineer to warrant the separate spot in this list. The quality engineer needs to be able to run and design audits to spot check production runs, keep and maintain detailed records of data, and even help train other employees at the foundry. Depending on specific duties, this job may involve a large amount of lab work running sampling and analysis equipment to verify the quality of products that come off the production line. Given that the quality engineer needs to have a solid grasp of several different jobs and functions in the foundry, a few years’ experience in foundry work is preferred for people starting in this job.
Product Drafter/Design Engineer: The product drafter spends his time designing new castings, tooling, and moldings. This position will require familiarity with design programs like AutoCAD and the ability to work and communicate with customers to ensure that the product designed will meet or exceed the requirements needed. The product drafter will need to take those final designs and create the blueprints and instructions necessary for the workers on the production floor to produce the desired product. It doesn’t stop there as the engineer will also need to work with quality control personnel to design testing procedures that accurately ensure that the final product will perform as expected.
Tooling and Quoting Engineers and Sales Engineers: When it comes to keeping the foundry in the black, these engineers are essential. Why? Because this job involves interacting with suppliers and clients to negotiate the best prices, both for the foundry to buy raw material and to sell finished products. That means he/she has to have a firm knowledge of current rates for the raw iron, sand, and other materials that all foundries need. He/she also has to accurately estimate how much time and material it takes to make a given product to guarantee that the prices the foundry charges are enough to make a solid profit.
Scheduling Supervisor: This individual will need to work with the various engineers and the foundry manager to ensure that necessary resources in terms of material, machinery, and people will be available in sufficient quantities to complete an order in a timely fashion.
Foundry Manager: What about the big guy on-site? What does the manager of the foundry do? As you can imagine, he/she has to be familiar with and coordinate all the different aspects of the foundry. That means he/she has to be able to understand procurement, design, training, quality control, the kinds of issues that can arise on the production floor, interact with customers and employees, and coordinate it all in a professional and profitable way.
These are just some of the many jobs and career choices that can be worked at an iron foundry. Of course, there are several other jobs, such as human resources, accountants, tech support, and other jobs that exist almost anywhere. Our focus here has been on the many jobs that have particular relevance to foundry work. While specific titles and responsibilities will vary from one foundry to the next, each job provides an excellent opportunity for those with the drive and skill to get started in one of our nation’s most essential industries.