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51-9195.07 - Molding and Casting Workers

Perform a variety of duties such as mixing materials, assembling mold parts, filling molds, and stacking molds to mold and cast a wide range of products.

Sample of reported job titles: Bed Laborer, Caster, Fabricator, Injection Molding Machine Operator, Mold Mechanic, Molder, Molding Line Assistant, Molding Line Operator, Press Operator, Production Worker

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

  • Brush or spray mold surfaces with parting agents or insert paper into molds to ensure smoothness and prevent sticking or seepage. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean, finish, and lubricate molds and mold parts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Separate models or patterns from molds and examine products for accuracy. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Pour, pack, spread, or press plaster, concrete, liquid plastic, or other materials into or around models or molds. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate and adjust controls of heating equipment to melt material or to cure, dry, or bake filled molds. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read work orders or examine parts to determine parts or sections of products to be produced. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Load or stack filled molds in ovens, dryers, or curing boxes, or on storage racks or carts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set the proper operating temperature for each casting. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure and cut products to specified dimensions, using measuring and cutting instruments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove excess materials and level and smooth wet mold mixtures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Melt metal pieces, using torches, and cast products, such as inlays and crowns, using centrifugal casting machines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select sizes and types of molds according to instructions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Trim or remove excess material, using scrapers, knives, or band saws. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Align and assemble parts to produce completed products, using gauges and hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Withdraw cores or other loose mold members after castings solidify. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Bore holes or cut grates, risers, or pouring spouts in molds, using power tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Construct or form molds for use in casting metal, clay, or plaster objects, using plaster, fiberglass, rubber, casting machines, patterns, or flasks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Verify dimensions of products, using measuring instruments, such as calipers, vernier gauges, or protractors. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Tap or tilt molds to ensure uniform distribution of materials. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Patch broken edges or fractures, using clay or plaster. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Locate and scribe parting lines on patterns, using measuring instruments, such as calipers, squares, or depth gauges. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Smooth surfaces of molds, using scraping tools or sandpaper. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure ingredients and mix molding, casting material, or sealing compounds to prescribed consistencies, according to formulas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assemble, insert, and adjust wires, tubes, cores, fittings, rods, or patterns into molds, using hand tools and depth gauges. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair mold defects, such as cracks or broken edges, using patterns, mold boxes, or hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Engrave or stamp identifying symbols, letters, or numbers on products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Place forms around models and separately immerse each half portion of a model in plaster, wax, or other mold-making materials. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate molding machines that compact sand in flasks to form molds. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable hand wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Belt conveyors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blow molding machines — Extrusion blow molding machines; Squeeze molding machines; Stretch blow molding machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blow torch — Propane torches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • C clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Dial calipers; Vernier calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Casting machines — Centrifugal casting machines; Continuous casting machines; Die casting machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cleaning scrapers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Core drying ovens — Drying oven units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dehydrating machinery — Rotary dryers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Die casting machine — Compressing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Floor or platform scales — Industrial platform scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Foundry crucibles — Melting kettles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Foundry flasks — Foundry molding flasks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Foundry ladles — Hand ladles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Foundry molds — Foundry mold boxes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grease guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grinding machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hold down clamps — Holding clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Injection molding machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mainframe console or dumb terminals — Computer terminals See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal band sawing machine — Band saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Micrometers — Digital micrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pulverizing machinery — Pulverizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Straight screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Squares — Combination squares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thickness measuring devices — Depth gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Threading taps — Tap sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives — Trimming knives See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Inventory management software — Inventory control software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Time accounting software — Timekeeping software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Select production equipment according to product specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Place materials into molds. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mix substances to create chemical solutions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Smooth metal surfaces or edges. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply parting agents or other solutions to molds. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure materials to mark reference points, cutting lines, or other indicators. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble metal or plastic parts or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load items into ovens or furnaces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean workpieces or finished products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Melt metal, plastic, or other materials to prepare for production. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Stack finished items for further processing or shipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Engrave designs, text, or other markings onto materials, workpieces, or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Immerse objects or workpieces in cleaning or coating solutions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Fill cracks, imperfections, or holes in products or workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Build production molds. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate heating or drying equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply lubricants or coolants to workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust position of molds during processing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Remove workpieces from molds. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair templates, patterns, or molds. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 81% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 67% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 63% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 58% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 62% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 67% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 54% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 56% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 51% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 49% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 46% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 55% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 52% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 41% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 38% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 44% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 63% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 38% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 49% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 31% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 50% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 34% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 32% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 37% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 28% responded “Minor results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 39% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 24% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 45% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 31% responded “Not important at all.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 51% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

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)

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Education


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Education Level Required
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Not available Less than high school diploma
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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RC

  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic.
Employment data collected from Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic.
Industry data collected from Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic.

Median wages (2014) $14.34 hourly, $29,820 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 42,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 17,000
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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