Profession hand brick moulder

Hand brick moulders create unique bricks, pipes, and other heat-resistant products using hand moulding tools. They create moulds according to specifications, clean and oil them, insert and remove the mixture from the mould. Then, they let the bricks dry in kiln before finishing and smoothing the end products.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Realistic
  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • 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 pottery material

    Types of clays and mud and their appearance, properties, reaction to fire, etc.

Skills

  • Conform to health and safety regulations

    Carry out all work in accordance with relevant environmental and health and safety legislation, risk assessment requirements and company policies. Take the necessary health and safety precautions during work including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate.

  • Prevent casting adhesion

    Prevent the casting sticking to the moulds by brushing the mould with oil, hot wax or graphite solution, according to the specification of each casting components.

  • Maintain mould parts

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

  • Fill moulds

    Fill up moulds with appropriate materials and ingredient mixes.

  • Clean moulds

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

  • Remove mixture excess

    Remove the extra mixture on top of the mould by using a wire.

  • Adjust clay burning level

    Adjust the temperature of clay baking or burning by operating the valves and the dampers in order to allow specific amounts of gas or oil to be burned.

  • Monitor end-product drying process

    Let the end-products to cool and dry during the correct amount of time. If necessary, hasten the drying process using kilns or delay it by allowing water to humidify the products.

  • Extract products from moulds

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

  • Select mould types

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

Optional knowledge and skills

ensure mould uniformity operate furnace construct moulds load heavy items on pallets assemble moulds various types of sand check quality of raw materials manage different pottery materials maintain furnace temperature use personal protection equipment sanding techniques match product moulds form moulding mixture repair mould defects inspect quality of products keep records of work progress stamp refractory products perform product testing