Profession chain making machine operator

Chain making machine operators tend and operate the proper equipment and machinery for the creation of metal chains, including precious metal chains such as for jewellery, and produce these in all steps of the production process. They feed the wire into the chainmaking machine, use pliers to hook the ends of the chain formed by the machine together and finish and trim the edges by soldering them to a smooth surface.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Types of chain

    Types of chain, such as industrial chain, novelty chain and jewellery chain.

  • Quality standards

    The national and international requirements, specifications and guidelines to ensure that products, services and processes are of good quality and fit for purpose.

  • Types of metal

    Qualities, specifications, applications and reactions to different fabricating processes of various types of metal, such as steel, aluminium, brass, copper and others.

Skills

  • Monitor automated machines

    Continuously check up on the automated machine's set-up and execution or make regular control rounds. If necessary, record and interpret data on the operating conditions of installations and equipment in order to identify abnormalities.

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

  • Supply machine

    Ensure the machine is fed the necessary and adequate materials and control the placement or automatic feed and retrieval of work pieces in the machines or machine tools on the production line.

  • Tend chain making machine

    Tend a metalworking machine designed to form metal chains, monitor and operate it according to regulations.

  • Safely handle metal wire under tension

    Handle fabricated, drawn metal wire safely by calculating the risks and dangers of its unreliable nature due to spring force and resilience.

  • Perform test run

    Perform tests putting a system, machine, tool or other equipment through a series of actions under actual operating conditions in order to assess its reliability and suitability to realise its tasks, and adjust settings accordingly.

  • Ensure equipment availability

    Ensure that the necessary equipment is provided, ready and available for use before start of procedures.

  • Remove inadequate workpieces

    Evaluate which deficient processed workpieces do not meet the set-up standard and should be removed and sort the waste according to regulations.

  • Monitor moving workpiece in a machine

    Monitor the processing of a workpiece in motion, such as a piece of metal or wood moved linearly over a static manufacturing machine.

  • Operate hand tools in chain making

    Operate hand tools such as pliers in the production of various types of chains, hooking the ends of a chain, formed by a machine, together.

  • Remove processed workpiece

    Remove individual workpieces after processing, from the manufacturing machine or the machine tool. In case of a conveyor belt this involves quick, continuous movement.

Optional knowledge and skills

wear appropriate protective gear watches and jewellery products monitor conveyor belt dies ferrous metal processing operate welding equipment metal forming technologies manufacturing of small metal parts provide advice to technicians metal drawing processes mark processed workpiece record production data for quality control perform machine maintenance operate soldering equipment keep records of work progress consult technical resources types of metal manufacturing processes manufacturing of door furniture from metal inspect quality of products

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