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51-4072.00 - Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

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

Sample of reported job titles: Machine Operator, Production Technician, Process Technician, Injection Press Operator, Die Cast Technician, Press Operator, Core Machine Operator, Eight Arm Operator, Cup Fabricating Machine Operator, Cup Operator

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
87   Core Observe continuous operation of automatic machines to ensure that products meet specifications and to detect jams or malfunctions, making adjustments as necessary.
84   Core Measure and visually inspect products for surface and dimension defects to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments.
79   Core Set up, operate, or tend metal or plastic molding, casting, or coremaking machines to mold or cast metal or thermoplastic parts or products.
75   Core Position and secure workpieces on machines, and start feeding mechanisms.
71   Core Turn valves and dials of machines to regulate pressure, temperature, and speed and feed rates, and to set cycle times.
77   Supplemental Remove finished or cured products from dies or molds, using hand tools, air hoses, and other equipment, stamping identifying information on products when necessary.
75   Supplemental Skim or pour dross, slag, or impurities from molten metal, using ladles, rakes, hoes, spatulas, or spoons.
73   Supplemental Trim excess material from parts, using knives, and grind scrap plastic into powder for reuse.
72   Supplemental Cool products after processing to prevent distortion.
72   Supplemental Install dies onto machines or presses and coat dies with parting agents, according to work order specifications.
72   Supplemental Mix and measure compounds, or weigh premixed compounds, and dump them into machine tubs, cavities, or molds.
70   Supplemental Observe meters and gauges to verify and record temperatures, pressures, and press-cycle times.
70   Supplemental Spray, smoke, or coat molds with compounds to lubricate or insulate molds, using acetylene torches or sprayers.
69   Supplemental Read specifications, blueprints, and work orders to determine setups, temperatures, and time settings required to mold, form, or cast plastic materials, as well as to plan production sequences.
68   Supplemental Adjust equipment and workpiece holding fixtures, such as mold frames, tubs, and cutting tables, to ensure proper functioning.
68   Supplemental Remove parts such as dies from machines after production runs are finished.
68   Supplemental Inventory and record quantities of materials and finished products, requisitioning additional supplies as necessary.
67   Supplemental Pour or load metal or sand into melting pots, furnaces, molds, or hoppers, using shovels, ladles, or machines.
67   Supplemental Unload finished products from conveyor belts, pack them in containers, and place containers in warehouses.
66   Supplemental Connect water hoses to cooling systems of dies, using hand tools.
65   Supplemental Preheat tools, dies, plastic materials, or patterns, using blowtorches or other equipment.
64   Supplemental Operate hoists to position dies or patterns on foundry floors.
64   Supplemental Smooth and clean inner surfaces of molds, using brushes, scrapers, air hoses, or grinding wheels, and fill imperfections with refractory material.
63   Supplemental Obtain and move specified patterns to work stations, manually or using hoists, and secure patterns to machines, using wrenches.
63   Supplemental Perform maintenance work such as cleaning and oiling machines.
61   Supplemental Repair or replace damaged molds, pipes, belts, chains, or other equipment, using hand tools, hand-powered presses, or jib cranes.
61   Supplemental Maintain inventories of materials.
58   Supplemental Select coolants and lubricants, and start their flow.
57   Supplemental Assemble shell halves, patterns, and foundry flasks, and reinforce core boxes, using glue, clamps, wire, bolts, rams, or machines.
57   Supplemental Pull level and toggle latches to fill molds, to regulate tension on sheeting, and to release mold covers.
53   Supplemental Select and install blades, tools, or other attachments for each operation.
49   Supplemental Shape molds to specified contours, using sand, and trowels and related tools.
47   Supplemental Clamp metal and plywood strips around dies or patterns to form molds.

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
63   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
49   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
38   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
23   Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
22   Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
22   Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
21   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
17   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
13   Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
12   Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
11   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.
  Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
  Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
  Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
 Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
 Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
 History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
63   Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
63   Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
56   Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
53   Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
50   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
50   Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
50   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
47   Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
47   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
47   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
44   Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
44   Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
41   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
41   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
41   Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
41   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
38   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
31   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
31   Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
31   Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
28   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
28   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
28   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
28   Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
28   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
25   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
22   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
22   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
19   Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
16   Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
10   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
  Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
 Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
63   Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
63   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.
60   Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
60   Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
60   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
60   Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
60   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.
56   Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
53   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
53   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
53   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
53   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.
53   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
53   Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
53   Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
53   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
53   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
50   Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
50   Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
50   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
50   Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
50   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
50   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
50   Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
50   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
47   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
47   Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
47   Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
47   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
47   Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
47   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
44   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
41   Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
41   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
41   Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
38   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
35   Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
35   Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
35   Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
31   Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
28   Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
28   Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
28   Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
28   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
28   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
25   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
10   Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
  Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
  Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
 Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
74   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
  • Apply parting agents or other solutions to molds.
  • Apply protective or decorative finishes to workpieces or products.
  • Build production molds.
  • Connect supply lines to production equipment or tools.
  • Fill cracks, imperfections, or holes in products or workpieces.
  • Heat material or workpieces to prepare for or complete production.
  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
  • Package products for storage or shipment.
  • Remove accessories, tools, or other parts from equipment.
  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment.
  • Remove workpieces from molds.
  • Set equipment guides, stops, spacers, or other fixtures.
  • Skim impurities from molten metal.
  • Smooth metal surfaces or edges.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces.
68   Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Clean production equipment.
  • Load items into ovens or furnaces.
  • Load materials into production equipment.
  • Mix substances to create chemical solutions.
  • Move products, materials, or equipment between work areas.
  • Place materials into molds.
66   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Inspect metal, plastic, or composite products.
64   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
  • Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements.
63   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
62   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
59   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Select production equipment according to product specifications.
  • Select production input materials.
58   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
  • Operate grinding equipment.
  • Operate metal or plastic forming equipment.
58   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed.
  • Monitor instruments to ensure proper production conditions.
56   Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
51   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
50   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
50   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
48   Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
  • Lubricate production equipment.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment.
  • Repair templates, patterns, or molds.
  • Replace worn equipment components.
46   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
43   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Record operational or production data.
39   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
37   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
36   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
36   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
35   Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
34   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
34   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
33   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
32   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
32   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
30   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
30   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
27   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
26   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
26   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
24   Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
23   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
23   Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
23   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
21   Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
19   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
19   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
18   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
14   Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
  Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Context
Work Context
89   Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?
87   Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?
87   Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)
84   Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?
82   Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?
79   Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?
77   Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?
71   Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?
66   Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?
64   Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?
62   Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?
62   Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?
62   Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?
60   Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?
60   Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?
59   Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?
59   Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?
58   Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?
57   Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?
55   Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?
54   Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — How do the decisions an employee makes impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company?
52   Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.
48   Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?
46   Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?
45   Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?
43   Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?
43   Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?
41   Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?
38   Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?
37   Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?
35   Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?
34   Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?
30   Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?
28   Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?
28   Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?
27   Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?
25   Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?
23   Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?
23   Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?
18   Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?
14   Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?
13   Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?
13   Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?
  Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?
  Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?
  Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?
  In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?
  Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?
  In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?
  Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?
  Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?
  Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?
  Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?
  Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?
 Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?
 Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?
 Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related 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.
Job 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.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

There are 5 recognized apprenticeable specialties associated with this occupation:
Caster; Injection-Molding-Machine Operator; Mold Setter; Molder, Pattern; Plastic Process Technician

To learn about specific apprenticeship opportunities, please consult the U.S. Department of Labor State Apprenticeship Information external site website.

For general information about apprenticeships, training, and partnerships with business, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship external site website.

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
65   High school diploma or equivalent
21   Less than high school diploma
14   Some college, no degree

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
100   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.
67   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.
45   Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
11   Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
  Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
 Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
77   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
72   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
60   Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
56   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
54   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
51   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
47   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
47   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
46   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
45   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
44   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
43   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
40   Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
38   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
33   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
26   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
61   Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
33   Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
28   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
22   Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
17   Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
17   Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

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51-9195.07 Molding and Casting Workers

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Wages & Employment Trends

National

Median wages (2012) $13.77 hourly, $28,630 annual
Employment (2012) 125,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 15,100
Top industries (2012)
Manufacturing (96% employed in this sector)

State & National

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Job Openings on the Web

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