Career summary

Details for Pourers and Casters, Metal


Description

Operate hand-controlled mechanisms to pour and regulate the flow of molten metal into molds to produce castings or ingots.

Tasks

  • Examine molds to ensure they are clean, smooth, and properly coated.
  • Pour and regulate the flow of molten metal into molds and forms to produce ingots or other castings, using ladles or hand-controlled mechanisms.
  • Pull levers to lift ladle stoppers and to allow molten steel to flow into ingot molds to specified heights.
  • Read temperature gauges and observe color changes, adjusting furnace flames, torches, or electrical heating units as necessary to melt metal to specifications.
  • Collect samples, or signal workers to sample metal for analysis.
  • Load specified amounts of metal and flux into furnaces or clay crucibles.
  • Add metal to molds to compensate for shrinkage.
  • Skim slag or remove excess metal from ingots or equipment, using hand tools, strainers, rakes, or burners, collecting scrap for recycling.
  • Remove metal ingots or cores from molds, using hand tools, cranes, and chain hoists.
  • Position equipment such as ladles, grinding wheels, pouring nozzles, or crucibles, or signal other workers to position equipment.
  • Transport metal ingots to storage areas, using forklifts.
  • Repair and maintain metal forms and equipment, using hand tools, sledges, and bars.
  • Turn valves to circulate water through cores, or spray water on filled molds to cool and solidify metal.
  • Stencil identifying information on ingots and pigs, using special hand tools.
  • Assemble and embed cores in casting frames, using hand tools and equipment.
  • Remove solidified steel or slag from pouring nozzles, using long bars or oxygen burners.

Interests

  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Education, training, experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

Knowledge

Skills

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