Make or form wax or sand cores or molds used in the production of metal castings in foundries.
- Position patterns inside mold sections and clamp sections together.
- Operate ovens or furnaces to bake cores or to melt, skim, and flux metal.
- Clean and smooth molds, cores, and core boxes, and repair surface imperfections.
- Cut spouts, runner holes, and sprue holes into molds.
- Form and assemble slab cores around patterns and position wire in mold sections to reinforce molds, using hand tools and glue.
- Position cores into lower sections of molds, and reassemble molds for pouring.
- Sift and pack sand into mold sections, core boxes, and pattern contours, using hand or pneumatic ramming tools.
- Sprinkle or spray parting agents onto patterns and mold sections to facilitate removal of patterns from molds.
- Lift upper mold sections from lower sections and remove molded patterns.
- Move and position workpieces such as mold sections, patterns, and bottom boards, using cranes, or signal others to move workpieces.
- Pour molten metal into molds, manually or using crane ladles.
- Rotate sweep boards around spindles in order to make symmetrical molds for convex impressions.
- Tend machines that bond cope and drag together to form completed shell molds.
- 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.
- Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
- 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.
- Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers
- Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand
- Molding and Casting Workers
- Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic
- Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
- Pourers and Casters, Metal
- Precious Metal Workers
- Solderers and Brazers
- Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders