Tool and Die Maker
Collaborate with Engineers to make new tools and their molds.
Controls and monitors operation of automatic casting-forging machine to cast, forge, and trim nonferrous molten metal into finished forgings: Starts hydraulic pumps and sets timers and heater controls. Turns automatic controls, such as shot weight and pouring speed, to set sequence of operation. Notifies forklift operator to pour molten metal into container. Pours molten metal into preform mold, using ladle, and starts manual operation for trial run. Activates automatic pouring device to fill mold, and depresses controls to initiate automatic casting and forging operations. Observes indexing mechanism that moves casting through sequence of operations, such as die press, quenching, and trimming. Observes castings and forgings for imperfections, such as discolorations and distortions. Realigns dies, castings, or forgings to correct out-of-tolerance conditions. Observes lights on control panel to detect machine malfunctions and corrects conditions causing malfunctions, such as clogged filters and sticking valves.