Profession moulding machine operator

Moulding machine operators operate machines that are part of the production process of moulds for the manufacturing of castings or other moulded materials. They tend the mouldmaking machines that use the appropriate materials such as sand, plastics, or ceramics to obtain the moulding material. They may then use a pattern and one or more cores to produce the right shape impression in this material. The shaped material is then left to set, later to be used as a mould in the production moulded products such as ferrous and non-ferrous metal castings.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Skills

  • Set up machine controls

    Set up or adjust machine controls to regulate conditions such as material flow, temperature, or pressure.

  • Insert mould structures

    Insert mould structures using the appropriate hand tools.

  • Repair mould defects

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

  • Ensure mould uniformity

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

  • Maintain moulds

    Clean and repair moulds, e.g. by smoothening out imperfections on the surface.

  • 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.

  • Tend mouldmaking machines

    Tend and monitor machines designed for mouldmaking processes, such as mixers, belt conveyors, air conveyors, grabs, and others.

  • 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.

  • Provide pouring holes in moulds

    Cut spouts, runner holes, and sprue holes into moulds.

  • 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.

  • Match product moulds

    Changing moulds to match product specification. Run test samples and check for proper specifications.

Optional knowledge and skills

attend to detail in casting processes provide advice to technicians manage time in casting processes maintain cores mark processed workpiece insert reinforcement in mould monitor conveyor belt coordinate mouldmaking shifts supervise work follow manufacturing work schedule types of metal manufacturing processes ensure core uniformity maintain core parts repair core defects

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