Operates hand-controlled mechanisms to pour and regulate the flow of molten metal into molds to produce castings or ingots.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production pathway.
A person in this career:
- Collects samples, or signals workers to sample metal for analysis.
- Pours and regulates the flow of molten metal into molds and forms to produce ingots or other castings, using ladles or hand-controlled mechanisms.
- Reads temperature gauges and observes color changes, adjusting furnace flames, torches, or electrical heating units as necessary to melt metal to specifications.
- Examines molds to ensure they are clean, smooth, and properly coated.
- Positions equipment such as ladles, grinding wheels, pouring nozzles, or crucibles, or signal other workers to position equipment.
- Skims slag or removes excess metal from ingots or equipment, using hand tools, strainers, rakes, or burners, collecting scrap for recycling.
- Turns valves to circulate water through cores, or sprays water on filled molds to cool and solidify metal.
- Adds metal to molds to compensate for shrinkage.
- Pulls levers to lift ladle stoppers and to allow molten steel to flow into ingot molds to specified heights.
- Loads specified amounts of metal and flux into furnaces or clay crucibles.