Wayne Cooper , Foundry Supervisor, Alucast
I am responsible for the day-to-day running of the pressure foundry.
I spend 75% of my time on the shop-floor, making sure that operators are following specifications and working safely. I check tools and machines are running effectively and sort out any breakdowns that occur.
It is important to have good time-management and problem-solving skills and to be able to communicate well with people, using diplomacy when needed.
I enjoyed being with a group of friends but didn’t follow the crowd. My hobbies were mountain-biking, motorbike mechanics and music.
I enjoyed both science and Design and Realisation which were amongst the 5 subjects I took for GCSE.
I left school to become a motorbike mechanic with a day-release course at college to learn mechanics and engineering.
When searching for a full-time job, I gained some factory experience by working through an employment agency, leading into an opportunity in the die casting industry. I worked as a foundry charge hand and fully automatic pressure die caster, using robots and automated systems.