Molding and casting material requires a person willing to meet the physical demands of the job. Standing for long periods and a willingness to manipulate materials requires a hands-on approach. A person who enjoys working with different materials and molding them to specific product guidelines. A variety of materials are used for molding and casting. Concrete, tobacco, precious jewels and plastics are all material that a molding and casting operator would manipulate.
A person willing to be a team player is another aspect of this type of work. People work in teams to assure product quality and production. Therefore, the person who wants to work in molding and casting should get along well with others and willing to share credit for product production. People skills include a willingness to assist others in a team effort and to discuss potential problems as they arise. Some people work better alone and with little supervision. Molding and casting requires a willingness to work well with people and enjoy the experience in the process.
Dependability, reliability and responsibility are all valued skills of the person expected to work in a team environment. Others should be able to rely on the worker to get the job done in an appropriate and timely fashion. A team effort is required in this type of work and the individual must be willing to accept the responsibilities essential toward working as a productive team member. A team member is expected to apply his or her abilities and skills in completing joint projects.
Active listening skills and the ability to process written and spoken instructions are skills important to a mold and cast worker. Active listening requires the ability to pay close attention to the speaker and the information being discussed. The ability to process written and spoken instructions requires the individual to be able to think clearly about the information provided and the ability to process the information. An ability to competently follow-through with instructions is a skill necessary in molding and casting work.
Problem-solving is a skill necessary in molding and casting. Breakdowns in machinery require the ability to assess the problem and either repair the machinery or suggest repair solutions. Therefore, a working knowledge about heavy equipment and the production process is important to casting and molding work. In some cases, the operator may be required to do very small, intricate work. This type of work requires a strong mind for detail and the ability to work with hand tools, such as pliers or screwdrivers.
Experience is more important in this kind of work than a formal education. Some companies require a trade school certificate or an Associate’s degree in operating heavy equipment or deciphering blueprints. However, many industries do not require a post-secondary education and only require a general education diploma.