Company: Howmet Aerospace
Location: Wichita Falls
Posted on: June 12, 2021
Howmet Aerospace's Wichita Falls, TX facility has an opening for
experienced Caster/Mold Handlers.
Howmet is a world leader in the investment casting industry and
is a leading supplier of superalloys, aluminum, and titanium
components for aerospace, automotive, and commercial transportation
applications. Our Wichita Falls location is on the front edge of
the rapid growth in the aerospace and turbine industries. For more
information, visit www.howmet.com. Follow @howmet: Twitter,
Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.
Responsible for operation of casting unit; melts and pours into
ceramic molds using induction or vacuum induction furnaces
according to critical, prescribed written instructions and
procedures. Caster/Mold Handler may not move for two (2) years
unless movement is a promotion within the department.
Works under general supervision and the direction of a caster to
remove molds from the preheat furnace, properly position in a
timely manner for casting, perform wrap application, dewaxing,
repair, and mold inspect and perform all post-cast operations
Works with a mold-handler and at times performs the
mold-handling operation to preheat ceramic molds and melt alloy to
pour into the preheated molds.
- Using Computers (entering information, etc.)
- Must be able to read and interpret Product Criteria (PC) and
Activity Instructions (AI).
- Must be able to function as a member of a team and be able to
work under general supervision.
- Must be able to maintain expected quality levels.
- Comply with all site required policies and procedures including
but not limited to: EHS, Quality, Code of Conduct and the Wichita
Falls Employee Handbook.
JOB RESPONSONSIBILITIES FOR CASTER
Inserts alloy charges into an induction melting crucible (air or
vacuum) manually or with mechanical assistance.
Operates casting unit to melt charge, either manually or
utilizing autocast system; monitors melt visually and ascertains
temperatures with pyrometer, or immersion thermo- couple.
Directs mold handler to convey mold from preheat furnace to
Monitors and records casting parameters required in casting log
Confirms correct alloy identification and casting sequence of
Warns mold handler of broken or leaking molds.
Supplies mold handler with alloy identification tags and
notifies mold handler of any "capping" material required on
Manually pours or adjusts and initiates auto pour of melted
Removes and installs induction crucibles.
Cleans casting unit along with the inner walls of the melt
Keeps updated on all Activity Instructions.
Independent judgment is often required when performing job
Considerable care and attention is required while operating the
Assists in minor equipment maintenance.
- Expected to lead a team of foundry service operators and mold
handlers to perform to a given scheduled supplied by the
JOB RESPONSONSIBILITIES FOR MOLD HANDLER
Read all available instructions and assist caster to cast molds
in accordance with established techniques and specific instructions
on the Product Criteria, Mold Sheets or Activity Instructions.
Requires concentration for short periods of time when assisting
in the acquisition of the proper alloy, checks preheattemperatures,
handles the molds from the preheat furnace and again after casting,
and accomplishes all specific post-cast operations (Hexamine, mold
stripping, exothermic application and vermiculite
Particularly responsible for proper mold positioning, lower
chamber cleaning, and the control of variables affecting
solidification and mold cooling.
Moves empty, hot furnace trays, changes and cleans door gaskets,
performs heavy housekeeping required in department, and assists in
minor equipment maintenance.
Notifies caster of any torn wraps, bumped or leaking molds.
Periodically required to load ovens.
Keep updated on new methods on improvements.
Must follow all safety practices and procedures.
Locates scheduled work, moves trucks to proper workstation.
Ensures molds are kept clean in each area.
Seals molds at dewax or mold inspection with either ceramic disk
or rubber cap.
Monitors operation of equipment and temperature controls.
Must follow Work Instructions and Activity Instructions that
govern each job task.
Inspects and repairs molds.
Prepares solutions and maintains supplies.
Cuts required kaowool and rollboard.
Wraps molds per Process Releases/Product Criteria.
Must be able to operate the required piece of mobile equipment
for this area.
Machines and work area are to be kept clean and in orderly
condition. Supervisor is to be notified immediately of equipment or
Completes necessary paperwork as required.
Verifies mold counts and paperwork correctness on lot travelers,
or serial numbers at each operation.
Loads molds in preheat oven.
Performs other duties as required.
- Complies with all EHS rules related to the work
- Works Overtime when needed.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/EQUIPMENT USED
The physical demands described here are representative of those
that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the
essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
Employee is required to execute the following:
Considerable physical effort is required when loading alloy.
Reach for items nearby, far and overhead.
Fine manipulation, using a keyboard and mouse.
Lifting and carrying to the waist-to-chest high level, floor to
waist and chest to overhead.
Gripping Pinching and Handling.
Climb Stairs and Ladders.
Crawl, squat, balance, and sustain bending.
Finger Press and tolerate hand/arm vibration.
Be able to carry with one hand.
Pushing, pulling and twisting.
Be able to carry items with two hands.
Moderate lifting from 25lbs to 50lbs
Requires almost constant standing and sufficient strength to
lift, handle and transport heavy, hot molds, and hot molds
containing molten alloy
- Must pass Jaeger 2 vision test annually for depth perception
when pouring alloy and setting mold position.
- High School Diploma or GED from an accredited institution
1 year experience as a Caster/Mold Handler
Employees must be legally authorized to work in the United
States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at
the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this
- This position is subject to the International Traffic in Arms
Regulations (ITAR) which requires U.S. person status. ITAR defines
U.S. person as an U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e.
'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee.
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