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A molding and casting worker is someone who molds and casts material. The material that is molded and casted depends on the type of industry a person chooses to enter, as industries can vary enormously. Candy making, ceramics, tile casting, and cosmetics are just a few examples of companies that utilize casting and molding.
A molding and casting worker uses machinery to trim, pour material, and insert materials into the molds. For example, watch-making requires very delicate instruments to be inserted into the mold before a cast is made. In the instance of candy-making, ingredients are added to the mold while hot and allowed to cool.
The molding and casting worker is also responsible for inspecting molds and injected material to assure that the proper amount is being cast. Molds are inspected to assure there are no cracks or seepage, and the materials injected into molds are inspected for foreign material. Both types of inspection are necessary to produce a quality product. Monitoring of equipment and product production promotes safety, and maintains high output of product.
Blueprints and technical drawings are read by the molding and casting worker to assess production; these detailed outlines provide direction and information in molding and casting a product. The design or drawing is an accurate reproduction of the finished product and provides a schema toward product completion. Information in the blueprint may include revisions, materials needed for production, and a list of abbreviations along with their meaning.
The workplace varies widely for a molding and casting worker, just as the type of material to be manipulated differs according to the manufactured product. The workplace may be small, such as in producing watches or casting jewelry, or may be a very large factory setting, such as in the ceramic, tobacco or candy-making industries.
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.