Wax Pattern Coater

Cover wax foundry patterns with coating compound to form shell molds.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Wax Pattern Coaters do?

Covers wax foundry patterns with coating compound to form shell mold used in lost-wax casting process: Dips pattern in suspension of silica sand and chemical binder. Coats pattern by sifting materials, such as sand or aluminum oxide, onto pattern; or places patterns in tumbling barrel, containing short fibers, to strengthen coating. Repeats coatings as specified to form shell. Examines pattern for evenness of coating. Places coated pattern clusters on cart and pushes cart into drying room, or places shell molds on conveyor of tunnel oven to dry mold interiors. May place patterns in steam-pressure vessel to melt pattern wax from shell.

Should I be a Wax Pattern Coater?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Wax Pattern Coater

    Wax Pattern Coaters generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Wax Pattern Coater-related education!
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