Metal Worker Kaimahi Maitai

Metal workers make patterns and moulds for metal castings, heat and hammer metal into shape, and repair metal parts and equipment.

Metal workers may do some or all of the following:

  • read, interpret and create design drawings
  • build plugs (plastic replicas), and then produce patterns from materials such as wood, fibreglass and metal
  • make moulds
  • use new technology such as 3D printing and CNC pattern making 
  • heat and melt metal and pour it into moulds or hammer and cut it to shape
  • remove castings from moulds when they have cooled
  • inspect, test and repair metal castings
  • temper, harden, polish and coat the final metal product.

Farrier

To become a farrier you need a National Certificate in in Equine (Farriery) (Level 4), which is gained through on-the-job experience and by attending block courses.

The three-year apprenticeship is run by the New Zealand Farriers Association, but places are extremely limited and depend on trainees being taken on by an approved and qualified farrier.

Physical Requirements

Metal workers need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses). They also need to be reasonably fit, strong and healthy.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for metal workers includes:

  • foundry work
  • work experience in an industrial workshop
  • work with plastics, wood and metals.

Personal Qualities

Metal workers need to be:

  • creative
  • accurate and patient
  • good at making calculations
  • well organised
  • safety-conscious, and able to follow instructions
  • able to work well independently and as part of a team.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for metal workers includes:

  • foundry work
  • work experience in an industrial workshop
  • work with plastics, wood and metals.

Subject Recommendations

A minimum of three years of secondary education is recommended. Useful subjects include maths, English, science, construction and mechanical technologies, processing technologies, design and visual communication, physics, chemistry, or Level 1 and Level 2 engineering unit standards.

 

 

 

Metal Workers can earn around $19-$29 per hour per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Metal Worker are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Metal workers may progress into supervisory or sales roles, or start their own foundries.

They usually specialise in an area such as:

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Metal Casting Worker
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Metal Worker

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