Profession foundry operative

Foundry operative manufacture castings, including pipes, tubes, hollow profiles and other products of the first processing of steel, by operating hand-controlled equipment in a foundry. They conduct the flow of molten ferrous and non-ferrous metals into moulds, 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

Skills

  • Maintain mould parts

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

  • Assemble metal parts

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

  • Insert mould structures

    Insert mould structures using the appropriate hand tools.

  • Move filled moulds

    Correctly replace filled-up moulds; understand how to load moulds into the oven and how to store filled-up moulds onto a rack.

  • Handle metal work orders

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

  • Mix moulding and casting material

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

  • Troubleshoot

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

  • Extract products from moulds

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

  • Repair mould defects

    Repair mould malfunctions and damage, e.g. cracks or broken edges; use hand tools, mould boxes and patterns.

  • Fill moulds

    Fill up moulds with appropriate materials and ingredient mixes.

  • Select mould types

    Select the appropriate type and size of mould based on the operation.

  • Construct moulds

    Construct moulds for the casting of objects in plaster, clay, glass, plastic or metal. Use casting machines and materials such as rubber, plaster or fibreglass.

  • Ensure mould uniformity

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

Optional knowledge and skills

precious metal processing record production data for quality control manage time in casting processes monitor gauge operate metal heating equipment mark a metal workpiece using punch smooth burred surfaces remove finished casts insert reinforcement in mould manufacturing of jewellery follow manufacturing work schedule non-ferrous metal processing jewellery processes attend to detail in casting processes communicate using non-verbal language operate smelter types of metal manufacturing processes cut metal products ferrous metal processing