Centrifugal casting is a process that delivers components of high material soundness. As a result, it is the technology of choice for applications like jet engine compressor cases, hydro wear rings, many military products, and other high-reliability applications. It has also proven to be a cost-effective means of providing complex shapes with reduced machining requirements and lower manufacturing costs as compared to forgings and fabrications.
The centrifugal casting process steps begin with molten metal being poured into a preheated, spinning die. The die may be oriented either on a vertical or horizontal axis depending on the configuration of the desired part.
By spinning a mold while the molten metal is poured into it, centrifugal force acts to distribute the molten metal in the mold at pressures approaching 100 times the force of gravity. The combination of this applied pressure and the engineering mechanics of controlled solidification and secondary refining produces components of superior quality
As part of the Centrifugal Foundry team you will learn all of the activities of a Spun operative including;
- Preparing raw materials to meet the correct chemical analysis of alloys
- Setting up Tooling and Machines for the Centrifugal Casting Process
- Melting of Materials, Pouring of Molten Metal
- Managing the casting process including controlling rotational speeds
- Post cast processes to deliver castings ready for machining and finishing
- Inspection and Testing processes
As a qualified apprentice in the Spunalloys Foundry Team you could expect to earn between £25k and £30k dependent upon overtime worked.
This role initially involves a 6.00am start so you must be able to arrive at the Company premises ready to start work at this time.
The working week will move to an alternate shift pattern during your Apprenticeship - the morning shift hours will be as advertised and the afternoon / evening shift will operate Mon to Thur (1.00 pm to 9.00 pm) and Fri (1.00 pm to 8.00 pm).
Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week). For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates
- Good timekeeping and attendance
- Attention to detail
- Team player
- Hard working
No qualifications are desired.
Metal Casting, Foundry and Patternmaking Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard:
- Full Job Training will be provided in the workplace
- For College Course - Apprentice will be required to go to the National Foundry Training Centre at the Dudley College of Technology located in Tipton, for scheduled block training, on average 4 consecutive days every 4 - 5 weeks. It is understood that there will be ten blocks in the first year and nine blocks each year thereafter
- Please note that due to the global pandemic, initially these blocks may be replaced by distance learning