Profession abrasive blasting operator

Abrasive blasting operators use the proper equipment and machinery to smoothen rough surfaces by abrasive blasting. Abrasive blasting is commonly used in the finishing process of metal workpieces and for blasting building materials used in masonry such as bricks, stones and concrete. They operate blasters or sand cabinets which forcibly thrust a stream of abrasive material such sand, soda or water, under high pressure, propelled by a centrifigal wheel, in order to shape and smoothen surfaces.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Sand blasting machine parts

    The various parts of a type of sand blasting machinery, their qualitities and applications, such as a treadle, blast nozzle, dust collecter, filter, abrasive materials and others.

  • Blasting abrasives

    The various types and properties of fine, abrasive materials used for abrasive blasting, such as white aluminium oxide, white aluminium oxide, steel grit, silicon carbide, and others.

Skills

  • Smooth burred surfaces

    Inspect and smooth burred surfaces of steel and metal parts.

  • Inspect construction supplies

    Check construction supplies for damage, moisture, loss or other problems before using the material.

  • Blast surface

    Blast a surface with sand, metal shot, dry ice or other blasting material to remove impurities or rough up a smooth surface.

Optional knowledge and skills

remove processed workpiece prepare floor for terrazzo consult technical resources quality and cycle time optimisation use safety equipment in construction prepare surface for painting abrasive blasting processes set up the controller of a machine spot metal imperfections blast masonry keep records of work progress follow health and safety procedures in construction metal smoothing technologies abrasive machining processes work in a construction team follow safety procedures when working at heights monitor gauge operate sandblaster troubleshoot provide advice to technicians prepare surface for plastering supply machine ferrous metal processing operate sand blasting cabinet prepare floor for underlayment