Foundry Manager

Personal Background Information

Foundry Manager

Andrew Callaghan,   Foundry Manager,  Alucast


  • I think everyone should take D&T at school and learn to use their hands for practical work.
  • Every day has a different challenge which keeps the job exciting and not mundane.
  • Working as a die-caster you can earn a comfortable living.
  • You can further your education and gain different skills, through work, which you will keep for life.



I am responsible for the day-to-day running of the factory; to ensure that everyone is following the correct procedures and to solve any problems that may occur.

My job is split between the office and shop-floor and involves travel to visit customers both in the U.K. and abroad.

Key Activities:

  • Problem-solving
  • Team management


  • Quality control
  • Talking to customers

Personal skills

It is important to work well with people, being able to lead and delegate.   You need to keep calm under pressure and be good at problem-solving.



I was outgoing at school and particularly enjoyed sport, enjoying cricket, swimming and football outside school as well

I studied woodwork and metalwork and took technical drawing as a GCSE.


When I left school, I went straight into work at Alucast and have been there all my working life. 

During that time I’ve gained NVQ3 qualifications and worked my way up to become foundry manager.