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

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
129,500 employed

Projected (2024):
97,200 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Aluminum Molder
  • Aluminum Molding Machine Operator
  • Automatic Casting Machine Operator
  • Babbitt Spinner
  • Babbitter
  • Bench Molder
  • Bender Machine Operator
  • Bit Bender
  • Blow Mold Operator
  • Blow Molding Machine Tender
  • Bonding Machine Operator
  • Brake Drum Molder
  • Brass Molder
  • Bullet Casting Operator
  • Bullet-Slug Casting Machine Operator
  • Cake-Press Operator
  • Cast Associate
  • Caster
  • Caster Operator
  • Casting Machine Operator
  • Casting Machine Set-Up Operator
  • Casting Molder
  • Casting Operator
  • Casting Room Operator
  • Casting Wheel Operator
  • Centrifugal Casting Machine Operator
  • Centrifugal Casting Machine Tender
  • Composite Technician
  • Compression Molding Machine Operator
  • Compression Molding Machine Setter
  • Compression Molding Machine Tender
  • Contact Lens Molder
  • Core Blower
  • Core Carrier
  • Core Filer
  • Core Fitter
  • Core Machine Operator
  • Core Mounter
  • Core Placer
  • Coremaking Machine Setter
  • Corrugator
  • Corrugator Operator
  • Cup Fabricating Machine Operator
  • Cup Operator
  • Diamond Blender
  • Die Cast Technician
  • Die Caster
  • Die Casting Machine Operator
  • Die Casting Machine Setter
  • Die Setter
  • Diecast Machine Operator
  • Direct Chill Casting Operator (DC Casting Operator)
  • Eight Arm Operator
  • Flask Fitter
  • Flask Maker
  • Grey Iron Molder
  • Hand Bender
  • Hopper Operator
  • Hot Molder
  • Injection Molding Machine Operator
  • Injection Molding Machine Setter
  • Injection Molding Machine Tender
  • Injection Molding Process Technician
  • Injection Press Operator
  • Ironmolder
  • Lead Die Molder
  • Lead Ingot Molder
  • Machine Coremaker
  • Machine Molder
  • Machine Operator
  • Manufacturing Assistant
  • Manufacturing Associate
  • Manufacturing Operator
  • Mat Maker
  • Mat Roller
  • Metal Base Blocker
  • Metal Caster
  • Metal Molder
  • Mogul Operator
  • Mold Machine Operator
  • Mold Maker
  • Mold Operator
  • Mold Setter
  • Molder
  • Molding Machine Operator
  • Molding Machine Setter
  • Molding Process Technician
  • Molding Technician
  • Musical Instrument Maker
  • Nonferrous Metal Precision Pattern and Die Caster
  • Operator
  • Pattern Molder
  • Pig Machine Operator
  • Pilling Machine Operator
  • Pipe Coremaker
  • Pipe Covering Molder
  • Plastic Cup Fabricating Machine Operator
  • Plastic Duplicator
  • Plastic Joint Maker
  • Plastic Molder
  • Plastic Process Technician
  • Plate Corrector
  • Plate Molder
  • Polymerization Oven Operator
  • Polymerization Oven Tender
  • Preform Machine Operator
  • Press Operator
  • Presser
  • Process Engineer
  • Process Technician
  • Production Technician
  • Punch Molder
  • Reclamation Kettle Tender
  • Remelter
  • Rotor Casting Machine Operator
  • Rotor Casting Machine Setup Operator
  • Sand Slinger
  • Sand Slinger Operator
  • Set-Up Person
  • Shell Mold Bonding Machine Operator
  • Shell Molder
  • Shell Molding Roller Blast Operator
  • Shot Dropper
  • Spout Worker
  • Steel Molder
  • Thermoplastic Technician
  • Turning and Beading Machine Operator
  • Typecasting Machine Operator
  • Vacuum Caster
  • Vacuum Plastic Forming Machine Operator
  • Vanstone Machine Operator
  • Wet End Operator
  • Wheel Molder


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    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.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    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.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security


  • 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.
  • Mix and measure compounds, or weigh premixed compounds, and dump them into machine tubs, cavities, or molds.
  • Observe meters and gauges to verify and record temperatures, pressures, and press-cycle times.
  • Spray, smoke, or coat molds with compounds to lubricate or insulate molds, using acetylene torches or sprayers.
  • 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.
  • Adjust equipment and workpiece holding fixtures, such as mold frames, tubs, and cutting tables, to ensure proper functioning.
  • Remove parts such as dies from machines after production runs are finished.
  • Inventory and record quantities of materials and finished products, requisitioning additional supplies as necessary.
  • Pour or load metal or sand into melting pots, furnaces, molds, or hoppers, using shovels, ladles, or machines.
  • Unload finished products from conveyor belts, pack them in containers, and place containers in warehouses.
  • Connect water hoses to cooling systems of dies, using hand tools.
  • Preheat tools, dies, plastic materials, or patterns, using blowtorches or other equipment.
  • Operate hoists to position dies or patterns on foundry floors.
  • Smooth and clean inner surfaces of molds, using brushes, scrapers, air hoses, or grinding wheels, and fill imperfections with refractory material.
  • Obtain and move specified patterns to work stations, manually or using hoists, and secure patterns to machines, using wrenches.
  • Perform maintenance work such as cleaning and oiling machines.
  • Repair or replace damaged molds, pipes, belts, chains, or other equipment, using hand tools, hand-powered presses, or jib cranes.
  • Maintain inventories of materials.
  • Select coolants and lubricants, and start their flow.
  • Assemble shell halves, patterns, and foundry flasks, and reinforce core boxes, using glue, clamps, wire, bolts, rams, or machines.
  • Pull level and toggle latches to fill molds, to regulate tension on sheeting, and to release mold covers.
  • Select and install blades, tools, or other attachments for each operation.
  • Shape molds to specified contours, using sand, and trowels and related tools.
  • Clamp metal and plywood strips around dies or patterns to form molds.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Air angle die grinders
  • Air guns
  • Air purifying respirators
  • Aluminized suits
  • Aluminum hammers
  • Brass hammers
  • Cold chamber die casting machines
  • Compressed air sprayers
  • Deflashing tools
  • Die bars
  • Die cast dies
  • Digital handheld thermometers
  • Digital micrometers
  • Digital psychrometers
  • Digital radius gauges
  • Digital surface thermometers
  • Digital timers
  • Digital torque wrenches
  • Duckbill pliers
  • Electric overhead traveling EOT cranes
  • Extruding equipment
  • Flash trimming knives
  • Gate cutters
  • Gravity die casting machines
  • Hand crimpers
  • Hand scrapers
  • Hex key sets
  • Hot chamber die casting machines
  • Hydraulic pressure gauges
  • Injection molding machines
  • Lifting slings
  • Loading robots
  • Measuring tapes
  • Mechanical limit switches
  • Melt pressure transducers
  • Mold clamps
  • Multipurpose screwdrivers
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Orifice gauges
  • Pneumatic die grinders
  • Powered industrial trucks
  • Pressure die casting machines
  • Pressure washers
  • Protective glasses
  • Right angle pliers
  • Robotic metal ladles
  • Round nose pliers
  • Sprue pullers
  • Standard metal ladles
  • Stopwatches
  • Thermal imaging cameras
  • Thermocouples
  • Tie bar strain gauges
  • Trim presses
  • Utility knives
  • Video borescopes
  • Wheeled forklifts
  • Wire cleaning brushes
  • FANUC Robotics iRVision
  • HotFlo! Die-Shot Monitor
  • Intera Systems Hawk-i
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • RobotWare DieCast robot operation software
  • Visi-Trak True-Trak 20/20 Software


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220