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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.
    • 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.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • 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.

    • 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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    • 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
    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
    • Utility knives
    • Pulverizing machinery
    • Casting machines
    • Calipers
    • Blow molding machines
    • Word processing software
    • Time accounting software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Inventory management software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.