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Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Published
Competency-Based Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
O*NET Detailed Work Activities
Industries
O*Net Code
51-4072.00
Rapids Code
Req. Hours
0
State
DC
Created
Aug 27, 2021
Updated
Aug 27, 2021

Competency-Based Skills

40 skill sets | 49 total skills
Inspect metal, plastic, or composite products
Measure and visually inspect products for surface and dimension defects to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments.
Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications
Measure and visually inspect products for surface and dimension defects to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments.
Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed
Observe continuous operation of automatic machines to ensure that products meet specifications and to detect jams or malfunctions, making adjustments as necessary.
Operate metal or plastic forming equipment
Set up, operate, or tend metal or plastic molding, casting, or coremaking machines to mold or cast metal or thermoplastic parts or products.
Select coolants and lubricants and start their flow.
Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment
Turn valves and dials of machines to regulate pressure, temperature, and speed and feed rates, and to set cycle times.
Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences
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.
Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements
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.
Monitor instruments to ensure proper production conditions
Observe meters and gauges to verify and record temperatures, pressures, and press-cycle times.
Connect supply lines to production equipment or tools
Connect water hoses to cooling systems of dies, using hand tools.
Remove accessories, tools, or other parts from equipment
Remove parts, such as dies, from machines after production runs are finished.
Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment
Operate hoists to position dies or patterns on foundry floors.
Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment
Install dies onto machines or presses and coat dies with parting agents, according to work order specifications.
Obtain and move specified patterns to workstations, manually or using hoists, and secure patterns to machines, using wrenches.
Select and install blades, tools, or other attachments for each operation.
Apply protective or decorative finishes to workpieces or products
Install dies onto machines or presses and coat dies with parting agents, according to work order specifications.
Clean production equipment
Perform maintenance work such as cleaning and oiling machines.
Smooth and clean inner surfaces of molds, using brushes, scrapers, air hoses, or grinding wheels, and fill imperfections with refractory material.
Lubricate production equipment
Perform maintenance work such as cleaning and oiling machines.
Maintain production or processing equipment
Perform maintenance work such as cleaning and oiling machines.
Package products for storage or shipment
Unload finished products from conveyor belts, pack them in containers, and place containers in warehouses.
Remove products or workpieces from production equipment
Unload finished products from conveyor belts, pack them in containers, and place containers in warehouses.
Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information
Remove finished or cured products from dies or molds, using hand tools, air hoses, and other equipment, stamping identifying information on products when necessary.
Move products, materials, or equipment between work areas
Obtain and move specified patterns to workstations, manually or using hoists, and secure patterns to machines, using wrenches.
Remove workpieces from molds
Remove finished or cured products from dies or molds, using hand tools, air hoses, and other equipment, stamping identifying information on products when necessary.
Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products
Inventory and record quantities of materials and finished products, requisitioning additional supplies as necessary.
Maintain inventories of materials.
Record operational or production data
Inventory and record quantities of materials and finished products, requisitioning additional supplies as necessary.
Repair templates, patterns, or molds
Repair or replace damaged molds, pipes, belts, chains, or other equipment, using hand tools, hand-powered presses, or jib cranes.
Replace worn equipment components
Repair or replace damaged molds, pipes, belts, chains, or other equipment, using hand tools, hand-powered presses, or jib cranes.
Select production equipment according to product specifications
Select and install blades, tools, or other attachments for each operation.
Select production input materials
Select coolants and lubricants and start their flow.
Set equipment guides, stops, spacers, or other fixtures
Adjust equipment and workpiece holding fixtures, such as mold frames, tubs, and cutting tables, to ensure proper functioning.
Load materials into production equipment
Mix and measure compounds, or weigh premixed compounds, and dump them into machine tubs, cavities, or molds.
Pour or load metal or sand into melting pots, furnaces, molds, or hoppers, using shovels, ladles, or machines.
Fill cracks, imperfections, or holes in products or workpieces
Smooth and clean inner surfaces of molds, using brushes, scrapers, air hoses, or grinding wheels, and fill imperfections with refractory material.
Smooth metal surfaces or edges
Smooth and clean inner surfaces of molds, using brushes, scrapers, air hoses, or grinding wheels, and fill imperfections with refractory material.
Mix substances to create chemical solutions
Mix and measure compounds, or weigh premixed compounds, and dump them into machine tubs, cavities, or molds.
Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment
Position and secure workpieces on machines and start feeding mechanisms.
Operate grinding equipment
Trim excess material from parts, using knives, and grind scrap plastic into powder for reuse.
Trim excess material from workpieces
Trim excess material from parts, using knives, and grind scrap plastic into powder for reuse.
Apply parting agents or other solutions to molds
Spray, smoke, or coat molds with compounds to lubricate or insulate molds, using acetylene torches or sprayers.
Heat material or workpieces to prepare for or complete production
Preheat tools, dies, plastic materials, or patterns, using blowtorches or other equipment.
Place materials into molds
Pour or load metal or sand into melting pots, furnaces, molds, or hoppers, using shovels, ladles, or machines.
Pull level and toggle latches to fill molds, to regulate tension on sheeting, and to release mold covers.
Load items into ovens or furnaces
Pour or load metal or sand into melting pots, furnaces, molds, or hoppers, using shovels, ladles, or machines.
Build production molds
Clamp metal and plywood strips around dies or patterns to form molds.
Shape molds to specified contours, using sand, and trowels and related tools.
Assemble shell halves, patterns, and foundry flasks, and reinforce core boxes, using glue, clamps, wire, bolts, rams, or machines.

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