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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.   (O'Net 51-9195.07)

 
Reported job titles:   Adobe Block Maker, Adobe Maker, Almond Paste Molder, Artificial Candy Maker, Bed Laborer, Block Maker   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic which includes:
                          - Stone Cutters and Carvers, Manufacturing
                          - Glass Blowers, Molders, Benders, and Finishers
                          - Potters, Manufacturing
                          - Molding and Casting Workers
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 9.81   $ 14.54   $ 18.40   $ 22.42   $ 24.93   $ 18.50  
    Yearly $20,410   $30,230   $38,260   $46,640   $51,860   $38,470  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 11.23   $ 12.89   $ 14.71   $ 20.88   $ 23.68   $ 16.53  
    Yearly $23,370   $26,810   $30,590   $43,420   $49,240   $34,380  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 9.77   $ 15.45   $ 17.82   $ 21.14   $ 24.18   $ 17.55  
    Yearly $20,320   $32,140   $37,060   $43,970   $50,300   $36,500  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 11.28   $ 20.57   $ 22.94   $ 25.61   $ 40.59   $ 23.75  
    Yearly $23,460   $42,780   $47,720   $53,280   $84,430   $49,400  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic which includes:
                                  - Stone Cutters and Carvers, Manufacturing
                                  - Glass Blowers, Molders, Benders, and Finishers
                                  - Potters, Manufacturing
                                  - Molding and Casting Workers
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 460 438 -0.5% 16
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic which includes:
                                - Stone Cutters and Carvers, Manufacturing
                                - Glass Blowers, Molders, Benders, and Finishers
                                - Potters, Manufacturing
                                - Molding and Casting Workers
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing 51.3%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 16.1%
    Plastics and rubber products manufacturing 7.0%
    Miscellaneous manufacturing 5.5%
    Specialty trade contractors 3.9%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Molding and Casting Workers
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  • Brush or spray mold surfaces with parting agents or insert paper into molds to ensure smoothness and prevent sticking or seepage.
     
  • Clean, finish, and lubricate molds and mold parts.
     
  • Separate models or patterns from molds and examine products for accuracy.
     
  • Pour, pack, spread, or press plaster, concrete, liquid plastic, or other materials into or around models or molds.
     
  • Operate and adjust controls of heating equipment to melt material or to cure, dry, or bake filled molds.
     
  • Read work orders or examine parts to determine parts or sections of products to be produced.
     
  • Load or stack filled molds in ovens, dryers, or curing boxes, or on storage racks or carts.
     
  • Set the proper operating temperature for each casting.
     
  • Measure and cut products to specified dimensions, using measuring and cutting instruments.
     
  • Remove excess materials and level and smooth wet mold mixtures.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Molding and Casting Workers  updated December 2006
     


    Knowledge
    for Molding and Casting Workers
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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Molding and Casting Workers  updated December 2006
     


    Skills
    for Molding and Casting Workers
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  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Molding and Casting Workers  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for Molding and Casting Workers
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  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Molding and Casting Workers  updated December 2006
     


    Work Activities
    for Molding and Casting Workers
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  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People - Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Molding and Casting Workers  updated December 2006
     


    Interests
    for Molding and Casting Workers
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Molding and Casting Workers  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
    for Molding and Casting Workers
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  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Molding and Casting Workers  updated December 2006
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Molding and Casting Workers
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Molding and Casting Workers
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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Molding and Casting Workers  updated December 2006
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Molding and Casting Workers 
     

     
     
     
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