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Career Details :: Pourers and Casters, Metal
Operate hand-controlled mechanisms to pour and regulate the flow of molten metal into molds to produce castings or ingots.
No previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a general office clerk even if he/she has never worked in an office before.
These occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate. Some may require a formal training course to obtain a license.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
- Examines molds to ensure they are clean, smooth, and properly coated.
- Collects samples or signals workers to sample metal for analysis.
- Loads specified amount of metal and flux into furnace or clay crucible.
- Pours molten metal into molds and forms, using ladle.
- Assembles and imbeds cores in casting frames, using hand tools and equipment.
- Positions equipment or signals workers to position equipment such as ladles, grinding wheels, or crucibles.
- Transports metal ingots to storage areas, using forklift.
- Turns valves to circulate water through core or sprays water on filled molds to cool and solidify metal.
- Reads temperature gauges, observes color changes, and adjusts furnace flame, torch, or electrical heating unit to melt metal.
- Removes metal ingots or cores from molds, using hand tools, cranes, and chain hoists.
- Skims slag or removes excess metal from ingots or equipment, using hand tools, strainers, rakes, or burners, and recycles scrap.
- Stencils identifying information on ingots and pigs, using special hand tools.
- Adds metal to molds to compensate for shrinkage.
- Repairs and maintains metal forms and equipment, using hand tools, sledges, and bars.
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General Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Controlling Machines and Processes
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Monitor Processes, Material, Surroundings
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, Material
- Operation Monitoring
- Operation and Control
- Product Inspection
- Equipment Selection
- Equipment Maintenance
Frequent Work Context
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls
- Consequence of Error
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Common Protective or Safety Attire