MELT/CAST TECHNICIAN JOB DESCRIPTION

Position: Melt/Cast Technician

Reports To:           Supervisor of Mill

Department: Melt/Cast

Date Issued:

COMPETENCIES: (i.e., to be defined in terms of required education, training, skills, and/or experience)

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Willingness to work with others as a team.
  • Must obtain forklift certification.
  • Comply with the Company’s quality management system requirements.
  • Advocate for continuous improvement projects.
  • Willingness to cross train.
  • Maintain a clean and organized work area at all times.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: (i.e., functions, authorities, tasks, etc.)

Crane Operator

  • Transfer slabs from casting pit to transfer table
  • Stamp slabs with metal punches and remove slabs from table to storage area
  • Unload slabs from homogenizing car after being homogenized.
  • Transfer slabs to homogenizing car.
  • Assist in scrapping and removing dross from furnace when able.
  • During cycle: If not loading or unloading a car should be by the pit.
  • Clean up around furnaces and pit.
  • Fix controls and floats.
  • Perform miscellaneous duties as assigned.

Bowl Operator

  • Control the flow of metal from furnace through trough.
  • Clean trough plug, bowl nozzle, remove strainer and frame from bowl.
  • Remove scrap from bowl and trough areas, lime bowl and trough.
  • Outside of cycle: sweep scrap, help clean pit, prep filter bags for next drop.
  • Assist in scraping and removing dross from furnace.
  • Be able to perform duties of cast table assistant.
  • Perform miscellaneous duties as assigned.

Table Operator

  • Responsible for assisting in casting molten aluminum into slabs.
  • During cycle: DO not leave pit without approval of head caster. Observe flow of metal in trough, notify head caster when anything deviates from normal.
  • Outside of casting cycle: Clean out trough, clean and cool nipples, dip whitewash compound to nipples.
  • Assist in hooking lift to slab.
  • Clean and remove burrs from molds and shoes with sandpaper, grease molds, transfer scrap from trough cart to scrap bin.
  • Sweep scrap from floor.
  • Assist in removing dross from furnace.
  • Clean bottom of molds for proper water flow.
  • Light gas burners in trough and bowl.
  • Mix and maintain mold grease levels.
  • Perform miscellaneous duties as assigned.

Melt Assistant

  • Responsible for assisting the head melter in melting operation.
  • Weighs the next load to be melted.
  • Gives weights of weighed load to head smelter.
  • “Charges furnace when instructed by head melter.
  • Assist in removing dross from furnace to dross boxes.
  • Assist in operation of Briquetter.
  • Assist in keeping dross recovery room organized and clean.
  • Adds flux to loads after they are weighed up.
  • Adds hardeners to furnace when instructed by head melter.
  • “Puddles” and “skims” metal when instructed by head melter.
  • Weighs and transports dross to recovery room. (Records dross on Production Sheet)
  • Operates Briqutter in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Assist in keeping dross recovery room organized and clean.
  • Load dross truck when needed using lift truck with rotating forks.
  • Perform miscellaneous duties as assigned.

Head Melter

  • Lead the melting crew in preparing next load to be charged in the furnace (Record weights of scrap and ingots).
  • Keep a constant check on temperature of the furnace and the metal in the furnace.
  • Determines when to “puddle” and when to “skim” the furnace. Assists with skimming and dross handling as needed.
  • Takes a sample of the metal in the melting furnace prior to transferring metal to holding furnace.
  • Runs a test on the sample taken in the metal and determines hardener additions required for chemistry if any, and verifies hardeners are melted and mixed if any were added.
  • Perform any miscellaneous duties as assigned.
  • Takes a sample of the metal in the melting furnace prior to transferring metal to holding furnace.
  • Runs a test on the sample taken in the metal and determines hardener additions required for chemistry if any, and verifies hardeners are melted and mixed if any were added.
  • Perform any miscellaneous duties as assigned.

Head Caster

  • Responsible for leading casting crew in casting molten aluminum into slabs.
  • During casting, watch molds for any deviation from normal procedure.
  • The head caster should not leave the pit unless testing the standard.
  • Continuously monitor and adjust critical variants as needed during cast (metal temp, sled speed, water flow, water psi).
  • Check height of metal in mold collar.
  • Perform all duties in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Makes sure that the furnaces are scraped when needed.
  • Helps remove floats, clean floats, hits button to drop slabs.
  • Perform any miscellaneous duties as assigned from Management.
  • Comply with the Company’s quality management system requirements.
  • Willingness to cross train.
  • Advocate for continuous improvement projects.
  • Clean and remove burrs from molds and shoes with sandpaper.
  • Be able to lance and torch out tap holes when needed.

SAFETY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • During cycle: DO NOT LEAVE THE PIT.
  • Wear all PPE: safety glasses with eye shields, proper gloves for solutions, face shield as necessary
  • Perform all duties in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Must wear Steel-toed shoes, per ANSI Z41 standards
  • Ability to Lock out tag out.
  • Knowledge in hazardous communication.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS: (i.e., optional – primary contacts/interfaces internally and externally)

  • Internally with all employees

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

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EMPLOYEE TESTIMONIALS

“Skana is not a family company, but a company of families.”

Tom Testwuide, President & CEO

“I am blessed to have a job I actually look forward to, even on a Monday morning! Good job, great people…”

Johnny M., Production

“A good management team makes working here very enjoyable!”

Kim B., Logistics

Skana Aluminum’s Values

Our company culture is one of our top priorities and is guided by these set of values:

  • Respect – For our customers, suppliers, stakeholders, environment and each other

  • Safety – Be pro-active with safety, health and environmentally focused programs for the benefit of all of us, our operations and surroundings
  • Quality – Consistent adherence to customer specifications and delivery schedules
  • Passion – Dependability and belief in the Dignity of Work
  • Consistency – In communication, processes and procedures
  • Fun – Working with each other solving challenges and sharing success with all!

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