The Metal Personnel are responsible for having metal in the plant ready for production and delivering metal to machines to ensure continuous production. He/She will clean and perform the basic maintenance of pots, furnaces, and/or reverbs, as well as, complete any metal alloy changes as requested.
Collect samples of metal for testing.
Pour and regulate the flow of molten metal into pots/furnaces to produce ingots or other castings, using tow motor, ladles, or hand-controlled mechanisms.
Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of production materials or products. Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
Read temperature gauges and observe color changes, adjust furnace flames, torches, or electrical heating units as necessary to melt metal to specifications.
Monitor instruments to ensure proper production conditions.
Add metal to molds to compensate for shrinkage.
Load specified amounts of metal and flux into furnaces or clay crucibles.
Clean production equipment: Remove solidified steel or slag from pouring nozzles, using long bars or oxygen burners. Skim slag or remove excess metal from ingots or equipment, using hand tools, strainers, rakes, or burners, collecting scrap for recycling.
Skim impurities from molten metal.
Remove metal ingots or cores from molds, using hand tools, cranes, and chain hoists.
Transport metal ingots to storage areas, using forklifts.
Move products, materials, or equipment such as ladles, grinding wheels, pouring nozzles, or crucibles between work areas.
Pull levers to lift ladle stoppers and to allow molten metal to flow into ingot molds to specified heights.
Stencil identifying information on ingots and sows, using special hand tools.
Repair and maintain metal forms and equipment, using hand tools, sledges, and bars.
Complete all paperwork associated with the job (production records, quality results, scrap, etc.).
Report unsafe conditions. Wear required personal protective equipment (PPE).
Keep work area clean and orderly.
Must follow all safety rules and policies as set forth by OSHA guidelines and Empire Die Casting Co. policies and procedures to avoid/prevent endangering self or co-workers.
Perform other associated duties, functions, or work as needed or assigned to continue the productive operation of the company.
Frequently works near moving mechanical parts
May be exposed to unpleasant odors on shop floor
Hands are exposed to metals, oils, solvents, and water-soluble coolants, PPE is provided for protection
Hot Metal Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements: job specific hat, face shield, coat, spats, gloves, ear plugs, safety glasses with side shields, and dust mask respirator when required per SDS.
Noise level requires the employee to wear hearing protection while on the shop floor
Foundry environment can have very high ambient temperatures especially in summer months
Must be able to work overtime and/or weekends, as needed
Must be capable of continuously lifting/carrying up to 25 lbs. and occasionally up to 50 lbs.
Must be able to use hands to handle, push, pull, and/or control objects, tools, or controls (frequent repetitive movement)
Must be able to stand and bend/twist a minimum of 8 hours per day
Must have good dexterity and mechanical skills
Skills & Qualifications
High school diploma, GED, skilled trade certificate, minimum 1 – 2 years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and relevant industry experience
Must be able to read, write, and understand English written directives including safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. The predominant form of instructions are visual and verbal.
Die casting / foundry experience preferred
Must have good interpersonal skills and ability to work with others
Empire is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.