Also called: Clay Mixer, Glazer, Potter, Production Potter
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On a manufacturing floor, technical problems can result in complete havoc. Molders, shapers and casters need to be composed and consistent to carry out detailed production processes, they may craft food products, candles, tiles, figurines, and pipes from a variety of materials, such as clay, glass, concrete, and stone. Stone cutters and carvers follow diagrams to cut stone with hand and pneumatic tools. They also use sandblasting and polishing equipment to finish the stone. Glass workers shape molten glass according to patterns. They heat glass at very high temperatures until it becomes pliable, then mold or blow it to form products. Minor injuries, such as burns and cuts, occur frequently. Potters make ceramic and stoneware products using production machines or a potter's wheel that spins the clay as the potter shapes it with their hands. Potters mix and apply glazes, and operate the kilns to harden the pottery. Molding and casting workers mix materials, construct and fill molds, and cast products from metal, clay, or plaster. They use heating equipment to bake material, then finish products by boring holes, trimming excess material, or stamping with identification symbols. Conditions that are sometimes hazardous require most of these workers to wear protective clothing and equipment every day. They stand and make repetitive motions much of the day, and may work around loud noise. Most positions require a high school diploma, although potters typically require technical training or on-the-job experience.
What they do:Operate production machines such as pug mill, jigger machine, or potter's wheel to process clay in manufacture of ceramic, pottery and stoneware products.
On the job, you would:
- Press thumbs into centers of revolving clay to form hollows, and press on the inside and outside of emerging clay cylinders with hands and fingers, gradually raising and shaping clay to desired forms and sizes.
- Adjust wheel speeds according to the feel of the clay as pieces enlarge and walls become thinner.
- Mix and apply glazes, and load glazed pieces into kilns for firing.
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
- manufacture and distribution of products
Arts and Humanities
- music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
- sales and marketing
- customer service
Engineering and Technology
- keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
- thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Hand and Finger Use
- keep your arm or hand steady
- put together small parts with your fingers
- quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
- use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Electronic mail software
Inventory management software
- Inventory control software