Die Casting Machine Set-up and Operator


Set up and operate diecasting machine to cast parts such as automobile trim, carburetor housings, and motor parts from nonferrous metals such as zinc, aluminum, or magnesium by performing the following duties.


  • Lift specified die sections into the machine
  • Bolt die sections in position and adjust stroke of ram
  • Connect water hose to cooling system of die
  • Preheat die sections with torch or electric heater
  • Turn valves and set dials to regulate flow of water circulating through die and to control speed of machine, based on size and structure of part being cast and type and temperature of metal being used
  • Blow metal fragments from die surfaces and brush lubricant into die cavity and onto plunger
  • Hand ladle molten metal into chamber of machine when operating cold chamber machine
  • Push button to close and lock dies, and activate plunger to force molten metal into die cavities
  • Remove casting after dies open automatically
  • Inspect casting for defects
  • Dip castings in water to cool them
  • Load metal ingots into melting furnace, and transfer molten metal to heated reservoir of diecasting machine
  • Other duties as assigned


Associates degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school OR six months to one year related experience and/or training, OR equivalent combination of education and experience.


Kalamazoo, MI