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Mold Maker, Die-Cast & Plastic Molding
Lays out, machines, fits, assembles, and finishes metal parts to make and repair dies for die-casting of metal products and metal molds for injection or compression molding of plastic or glass products, analyzing specifications, and applying knowledge of die and mold design and construction. Studies blueprints of product and die or mold, and computes specifications, applying knowledge of shop mathematics and metal die-casting or plastic or glass molding processes and machinery. Plans sequence of operations, visualizing shape of die or mold in reverse of product. Measures, marks, and scribes metal stock to lay out for machining [Lay-Out Worker (machine shop)]. Gives machining specifications to Tool-Machine Set-Up Operators (machine shop) or sets up and operates machines, such as horizontal boring mill, engine lathe, profile milling machine, and pantograph machine to machine outer dimensions and contoured cavity of die or mold [Tool-Machine Set-Up Operator (machine shop); Pantograph-Machine Set-Up Operator (machine shop)]. Grinds, files, and sands parts, using files, emery cloth, and powered grinders, to fit parts for assembly and to smooth and finish cavity. Assembles die or mold, using hand tools. Verifies dimensions, using calipers, T3 planer gauges, T1 and dial indicators. May repair molds and be designated Mold Repairer, Die-Casting And Plastic Molding (machine shop).
Program NameProgram HoursSponsorRegionDistrict
0116Tampa Bay Machining Apprenticeship GNJ
8000Richard McConnaughey 4Pinellas