Profession stone splitter

Stone splitters operate and maintain machines that split stone. They manipulate stone into different forms such as blocks, cobbles, tiles and concrete products. 

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Personality Type

  • 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 stone for working

    Different types of stone that stonemasons and other stone workers use to process into building materials. The mechanical properties of stone, such as their weight, tensile strength, durability. Economical properties such as cost, transport and sourcing.

Skills

  • Set end stops

    Set end stops according to the width or length of the cut and measure the distance from the blade to make sure the stone will be split conforming to the requirements.

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

  • 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.

  • Determine location of the split

    Examine the stone to determine the direction of the grain and the position of the cutting blade or of the holes that will receive the plugs and feathers.

  • Tend stone splitting machine

    Tend the machine which splits concrete stone into building blocks by positioning the stone against the end stops and by depressing the pedal to lower the blade.

  • Measure materials

    Measure the raw materials prior to their loading in the mixer or in machines, ensuring they conform with the specifications.

  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

  • Remove processed workpiece

    Remove individual workpieces after processing, from the manufacturing machine or the machine tool. In case of a conveyor belt this involves quick, continuous movement.

  • Apply health and safety standards

    Adhere to standards of hygiene and safety established by respective authorities.

  • Supply machine

    Ensure the machine is fed the necessary and adequate materials and control the placement or automatic feed and retrieval of work pieces in the machines or machine tools on the production line.

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

    Wear relevant and necessary protective gear, such as protective goggles or other eye protection, hard hats, safety gloves.

  • Maneuver stone blocks

    Maneuver the blocks of stone, placing them in the correct position in the machine bed using electric hoist, wooden blocks and wedges.

Optional knowledge and skills

brush the equipment keep records of work progress mechanics operate lifting equipment set up the controller of a machine operate hydraulic machinery controls monitor automated machines dispose of cutting waste material consult technical resources supply machine with appropriate tools maintain equipment operate forklift perform test run hydraulics use traditional stone splitting techniques inspect quality of products report defective manufacturing materials sharpen edged tools mark stone workpieces