Profession casting machine operator

Casting machine operators operate casting machines to manipulate metal substances into shape. They set up and tend casting machines to process molten ferrous and non-ferrous metals to manufacture metal materials. They conduct the flow of molten metals into casts, taking care to create the exact right circumstances to obtain the highest quality metal. They observe the flow of metal to identify faults. In case of a fault, they notify the authorised personnel and participate in the removal of the fault.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Metal joining technologies

    The various technologies used for the joining and assembling of fabricated metal workpieces.

  • Casting processes

    The various practices used in the casting of metal, plastics and other cast materials, including mould filling, solidification, cooling, and others, all relating to varying approaches in case of different types of material.

  • Types of moulding

    The characteristics and procedures used in the various types of moulding such as blow moulding, compression moulding, injection moulding and thermoforming.

  • Non-ferrous metal processing

    Various processing methods on non-ferrous metals and alloys such as copper, zinc and aluminium.

  • Alloys of precious metals

    Types of material that consist of two or more metals or non-metals.

  • Manufacturing of metal assembly products

    The manufacture of rivets, washers and similar non-threaded products, screw machine products, screws, nuts and similar threaded products.

  • Ferrous metal processing

    Various processing methods on iron and iron-containing alloys such as steel, stainless steel and pig iron.

Skills

  • Fabricate metal parts

    Fabricate metal parts, using equipment such as drill presses and engine lathes.

  • Fill moulds

    Fill up moulds with appropriate materials and ingredient mixes.

  • Heat metals

    Heat steel and metals in fire; adjust and regulate heat controls to reach appropriate pouring temperature.

  • Use tools for castings repair

    Construct and repair castings and equipment using hand tools, machine tools, and measuring instruments. Safely carry out emergency or temporary repairs. Take measures to ensure a safe working environment.

  • Mix moulding and casting material

    Measure and mix ingredients for casting and moulding materials, according to appropriate formula.

  • Measure metal to be heated

    Measure the amounts of steel or other metals to be heated. Take decisions on the amount of heat to be used, the duration of the heating, and other variables in the process based on the measurement.

  • Cast metal

    Pour liquid metal into the hollow cavity of a mould, which contains the future product's desired shape, place it into a furnace and then cool it and let it solidify.

  • Handle metal work orders

    Interpret work orders in order to determine which metal parts should be produced.

  • Ensure mould uniformity

    Oversee uniformity of moulds; use casting equipment and tools such as hand press.

  • Manipulate metal

    Manipulate the properties, shape and size of metal.

  • Clean moulds

    Clean the mould using water, grease or oil, washing and scraping them by hand.

  • Maintain mould parts

    Carry out minor repair tasks and maintenance of moulds and mould parts.

  • Extract products from moulds

    Remove finished products from moulds and examine them in detail for anomalies.

  • Remove finished casts

    Open mould and safely remove the finished cast from within.

  • Admit basic metals to furnace

    Start conveyors and open furnace doors to admit slabs, plate, sheet, and coil, or signal a crane operator to uncover soaking pits and lower ingots into them.

  • Assemble metal parts

    Align and arrange steel and metal parts in order to assemble complete products; use the appropriate hand tools and gauges.

  • Attend to detail in casting processes

    Attend in the metal processing casting work to specificities and details concerning the quality of the casting and moulds.

Optional knowledge and skills

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