This unit covers starting, operating and shutting down pressure die casting machines.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:


MEM13004B Work safely with molten metals/glass


Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - reading and following written instructions, standard operating procedures, specifications and standard test data sheets; - selecting and checking ladle; - preparing ladle for pouring; - transferring metal to ladle; - treating metal; - removing slag and dross; - sampling and testing molten metal; - pouring molten metal into moulds and pigs; - tagging pig metal, and; - using communication skills to effectively transfer skills and knowledge to employees.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - types and pouring characteristics of metals; - types and characteristics of ladles; - procedures for maintaining condition and integrity of ladle; - procedures for safe handling and transference of molten metal; - metal treatments, applications and procedures for making additions to molten metal; - slag and dross removing procedures; - techniques for sampling and testing molten metal; - pouring procedures; - metal identification and tagging procedures; - use and application of personal protective equipment; - safe work practices and procedures, and; - hazards and control measures associated with pouring molten metal.

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