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

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

Job Description:

Set up, operate, or tend metal or plastic molding, casting, or coremaking machines to mold or cast metal or thermoplastic parts or products.

Associated Tasks:

  • 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 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, stamping 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 and coat dies with parting agents, according to work order specifications.
Salary & Education

Entry Level Earnings: $10.50 and up
Median Hourly Earnings: $15.00 and up
Experienced Earnings: $18.61
Typical Entry Level Education: High school diploma

Job Projections
2017 Jobs 15,423
2022 Jobs 14,029
Average Annual Openings: 1,688 per year
Average Monthly Hires (2017): 623
Job Categories

Production

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Hard Skills

Molding          
Injection Molding       
Plastic Materials        
Packaging and Labeling         
Blow Molding