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Molding and Casting Workers

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Perform a variety of duties such as mixing materials, assembling mold parts, filling molds, and stacking molds to mold and cast a wide range of products.

    Work Activities
    • Pour, pack, spread, or press plaster, concrete, liquid plastic, or other materials into or around models or molds.
    • Read work orders or examine parts to determine parts or sections of products to be produced.
    • Brush or spray mold surfaces with parting agents or insert paper into molds to ensure smoothness and prevent sticking or seepage.
    • Engrave or stamp identifying symbols, letters, or numbers on products.
    • Assemble, insert, and adjust wires, tubes, cores, fittings, rods, or patterns into molds, using hand tools and depth gauges.
    • Clean, finish, and lubricate molds and mold parts.
    • Separate models or patterns from molds and examine products for accuracy.
    • Set the proper operating temperature for each casting.
    • Load or stack filled molds in ovens, dryers, or curing boxes, or on storage racks or carts.
    • Align and assemble parts to produce completed products, using gauges and hand tools.
    • Operate and adjust controls of heating equipment to melt material or to cure, dry, or bake filled molds.
    • Select sizes and types of molds according to instructions.
    • Patch broken edges or fractures, using clay or plaster.
    • Withdraw cores or other loose mold members after castings solidify.
    • Trim or remove excess material, using scrapers, knives, or band saws.
    • Repair mold defects, such as cracks or broken edges, using patterns, mold boxes, or hand tools.
    • Measure and cut products to specified dimensions, using measuring and cutting instruments.
    • Smooth surfaces of molds, using scraping tools or sandpaper.
    • Measure ingredients and mix molding, casting material, or sealing compounds to prescribed consistencies, according to formulas.
    • Remove excess materials and level and smooth wet mold mixtures.
    • Place forms around models and separately immerse each half portion of a model in plaster, wax, or other mold-making materials.
    • Operate molding machines that compact sand in flasks to form molds.
    • Verify dimensions of products, using measuring instruments, such as calipers, vernier gauges, or protractors.
    • Construct or form molds for use in casting metal, clay, or plaster objects, using plaster, fiberglass, rubber, casting machines, patterns, or flasks.
    • Bore holes or cut grates, risers, or pouring spouts in molds, using power tools.
    • Locate and scribe parting lines on patterns, using measuring instruments, such as calipers, squares, or depth gauges.
    • Tap or tilt molds to ensure uniform distribution of materials.
    Skills
    • Operation Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Trunk Strength

      The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    Knowledge
    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $32,960/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $15.85/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 2,590
    • Yearly Projected Openings 230
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Self Control
    • Independence
    • Integrity
    Tools
    • Utility knives
    • Pulverizing machinery
    • Casting machines
    • Calipers
    • Blow molding machines
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Time accounting software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Inventory management software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.