Profession foundry operative
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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- 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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- 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.