Profession foundry operative

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Metal moulders or metal moulding machine setter-operators mould and cast a range of products by mixing materials, assembling mould parts, filling and stacking moulds, etc.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Tasks foundry operative

  • Plan and set up the sequence of operations according to blueprints, layouts or other instructions.
  • Select equipment, e.g. mould boxes, core boxes, cores, patterns, moulding sands, etc., according to the job requirements.
  • Prepare the moulds for metal pouring.
  • Load or stack filled moulds, e.g. in ovens, dryers, curing boxes or on storage racks or carts.
  • Operate heating equipment, e.g. to melt material or to cure, dry or bake filled moulds.
  • Monitor the machinery during its operation.
  • Check the completed work using precision measuring instruments such as micrometers, gauges, etc.
  • Finish the work, e.g. by removing excess material, levelling and smoothing wet mould mixtures.
  • Clean and maintain work area, tools and equipment used in the moulding process.

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Skills

  • Maintain mould parts

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

  • Insert mould structures

    Insert mould structures using the appropriate hand tools.

  • Mix moulding and casting material

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Assemble metal parts

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

  • 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.

  • Extract products from moulds

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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