Profession moulding machine operator

Metal foundry pattern-makers and related workers make and repair custom made and specialised tools, sports guns, locks, dies, patterns machinery components and other metal articles using hand and machine tools to work metal to fine tolerances.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

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Skills

  • Insert mould structures

    Insert mould structures using the appropriate hand tools.

  • Maintain moulds

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

  • 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.

  • Tend mouldmaking machines

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

  • Ensure mould uniformity

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

  • Select mould types

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

  • Set up machine controls

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

  • Match product moulds

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

  • Fill moulds

    Fill up moulds with appropriate materials and ingredient mixes.

  • Repair mould defects

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

  • 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.

  • Provide pouring holes in moulds

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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