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

  • Types of pottery material

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

Skills

  • Extract products from moulds

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

  • Clean moulds

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Select mould types

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

  • 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.

  • Fill moulds

    Fill up moulds with appropriate materials and ingredient mixes.

  • Maintain mould parts

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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