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Foundry Mold and Coremakers

Make or form wax or sand cores or molds used in the production of metal castings in foundries.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Sift and pack sand into mold sections, core boxes, and pattern contours, using hand or pneumatic ramming tools.
    • Clean and smooth molds, cores, and core boxes, and repair surface imperfections.
    • Position cores into lower sections of molds, and reassemble molds for pouring.
    • Tend machines that bond cope and drag together to form completed shell molds.
    • Form and assemble slab cores around patterns, and position wire in mold sections to reinforce molds, using hand tools and glue.
    • Cut spouts, runner holes, and sprue holes into molds.
    • Operate ovens or furnaces to bake cores or to melt, skim, and flux metal.
    • Move and position workpieces, such as mold sections, patterns, and bottom boards, using cranes, or signal others to move workpieces.
    • Position patterns inside mold sections, and clamp sections together.
    • Lift upper mold sections from lower sections, and remove molded patterns.
    • Sprinkle or spray parting agents onto patterns and mold sections to facilitate removal of patterns from molds.
    • Rotate sweep boards around spindles to make symmetrical molds for convex impressions.
    • Pour molten metal into molds, manually or with crane ladles.

    Skills

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    • Finger Dexterity

      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

    • Trunk Strength

      The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

    Knowledge

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 34240/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 16.46/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 2,330
    • Yearly Projected Openings 200

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Initiative
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Integrity

    Tools

    • Furnaces
    • Casting machines
    • Adjustable angle plate
    • Abrasive stones
    • Abrasive cloth

    Technology

    • Inventory management software
    • Industrial control software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
    • Computer aided design CAD software

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