CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Molding/Coremaking/Casting Mach Strs Ops Tndrs Metal Plastic

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Molding/Coremaking/Casting Mach Strs Ops Tndrs Metal Plastic
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Set up, operate, or tend metal or plastic molding, casting, or coremaking machines to mold or cast metal or thermoplastic parts or products. Observe continuous operation of automatic machines to ensure that products meet specifications and to detect jams or malfunctions, making adjustments as necessary.
 
Measure and visually inspect products for surface and dimension defects in order to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments.
 
Set up, operate, or tend metal or plastic molding, casting, or coremaking machines to mold or cast metal or thermoplastic parts or products.
 
Position and secure workpieces on machines, and start feeding mechanisms.
 
Turn valves and dials of machines to regulate pressure, temperature, and speed and feed rates, and to set cycle times.
 
Remove finished or cured products from dies or molds, using hand tools, air hoses and other equipment; stamp identifying information on products when necessary.
 
Skim or pour dross, slag, or impurities from molten metal, using ladles, rakes, hoes, spatulas, or spoons.
 
Trim excess material from parts, using knives, and grind scrap plastic into powder for reuse.
 
Cool products after processing to prevent distortion.
 
Install dies onto machines or presses, then coat dies with parting agents, according to work order specifications.
 
Mix and measure compounds, or weigh premixed compounds; then dump them into machine tubs, cavities, or molds.
 
Observe meters and gauges to verify and record temperatures, pressures, and press-cycle times.
 
Spray, smoke, or coat molds with compounds to lubricate or insulate molds, using acetylene torches or sprayers.
 
Read specifications, blueprints, and work orders to determine setups, temperatures, and time settings required to mold, form, or cast plastic materials, as well as to plan production sequences.
 
Adjust equipment and workpiece holding fixtures, such as mold frames, tubs, and cutting tables, to ensure proper functioning.
 
Remove parts such as dies from machines after production runs are finished.
 
Inventory and record quantities of materials and finished products; requisition additional supplies as necessary.
 
Pour or load metal or sand into melting pots, furnaces, molds, or hoppers, using shovels, ladles, or machines.
 
Unload finished products from conveyor belts, pack them in containers, and place containers in warehouses.
 
Connect water hoses to cooling systems of dies, using hand tools.
 
Preheat tools, dies, plastic materials, or patterns, using blowtorches or other equipment.
 
Operate hoists to position dies or patterns on foundry floors.
 
Smooth and clean inner surfaces of molds, using brushes, scrapers, air hoses, or grinding wheels, and fill imperfections with refractory material.
 
Obtain and move specified patterns to work stations, manually or using hoists, and secure patterns to machines, using wrenches.
 
Perform maintenance work such as cleaning and oiling machines.
 
Repair or replace damaged molds, pipes, belts, chains, or other equipment, using hand tools, hand-powered presses, or jib cranes.
 
Maintain inventories of materials.
 
Select coolants and lubricants, and start their flow.
 
Assemble shell halves, patterns, and foundry flasks, and reinforce core boxes, using glue, clamps, wire, bolts, rams, or machines.
 
Pull level and toggle latches to fill molds, to regulate tension on sheeting, and to release mold covers.
 
Select and install blades, tools, or other attachments for each operation.
 
Shape molds to specified contours, using sand, and trowels and related tools.
 
Clamp metal and plywood strips around dies or patterns to form molds.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Molding/Coremaking/Casting Mach Strs Ops Tndrs Metal Plastic
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Molding/Coremaking/Casting Mach Strs Ops Tndrs Metal Plastic
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
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.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Molding/Coremaking/Casting Mach Strs Ops Tndrs Metal Plastic
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
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.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Dynamic Strength The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
 
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Molding/Coremaking/Casting Mach Strs Ops Tndrs Metal Plastic
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
Related Work Experience None
 
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Molding/Coremaking/Casting Mach Strs Ops Tndrs Metal Plastic
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Aluminum Molder
Aluminum Molding Machine Operator
Automatic Casting Machine Operator
Babbitt Spinner
Babbitter
Bench Molder
Bender Machine Operator
Bit Bender
Blow Mold Operator
Blow Molding Machine Tender
Bonding Machine Operator
Brake Drum Molder
Brass Molder
Bullet Casting Operator
Bullet-Slug Casting Machine Operator
Cake-Press Operator
Caster
Caster Operator
Casting Machine Operator
Casting Machine Set-Up Operator
Casting Molder
Casting Operator
Casting Room Operator
Casting Wheel Operator
Centrifugal Casting Machine Operator
Centrifugal Casting Machine Tender
Composite Technician
Compression Molding Machine Operator
Compression Molding Machine Setter
Compression Molding Machine Tender
Contact Lens Molder
Core Blower
Core Carrier
Core Filer
Core Fitter
Core Machine Operator
Core Mounter
Core Placer
Coremaking Machine Setter
Corrugator
Corrugator Operator
Cup Fabricating Machine Operator
Cup Operator
Diamond Blender
Die Cast Technician
Die Caster
Die Casting Machine Operator
Die Casting Machine Setter
Die Setter
Diecast Machine Operator
Direct Chill Casting Operator (DC Casting Operator)
Eight Arm Operator
Flask Fitter
Flask Maker
Grey Iron Molder
Hand Bender
Hopper Operator
Hot Molder
Injection Molding Machine Operator
Injection Molding Machine Setter
Injection Molding Machine Tender
Injection Press Operator
Ironmolder
Lead Die Molder
Lead Ingot Molder
Machine Coremaker
Machine Molder
Machine Operator
Manufacturing Assistant
Manufacturing Associate
Manufacturing Operator
Mat Maker
Mat Roller
Metal Base Blocker
Metal Caster
Metal Molder
Mogul Operator
Mold Machine Operator
Mold Maker
Mold Setter
Molder
Molding Machine Operator
Molding Machine Setter
Molding Technician
Musical Instrument Maker
Nonferrous Metal Precision Pattern and Die Caster
Operator
Pattern Molder
Pig Machine Operator
Pilling Machine Operator
Pipe Coremaker
Pipe Covering Molder
Plastic Cup Fabricating Machine Operator
Plastic Duplicator
Plastic Joint Maker
Plastic Molder
Plastic Process Technician
Plate Corrector
Plate Molder
Polymerization Oven Operator
Polymerization Oven Tender
Preform Machine Operator
Press Operator
Presser
Process Engineer
Process Technician
Production Technician
Punch Molder
Reclamation Kettle Tender
Remelter
Rotor Casting Machine Operator
Rotor Casting Machine Setup Operator
Sand Slinger
Sand Slinger Operator
Set-Up Person
Shell Mold Bonding Machine Operator
Shell Molder
Shell Molding Roller Blast Operator
Shot Dropper
Spout Worker
Steel Molder
Thermoplastic Technician
Turning and Beading Machine Operator
Typecasting Machine Operator
Vacuum Caster
Vacuum Plastic Forming Machine Operator
Vanstone Machine Operator
Wet End Operator
Wheel Molder
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Molding/Coremaking/Casting Mach Strs Ops Tndrs Metal Plastic
 
 
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