1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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7297-11 Clay Products Machine Operator

Produces clay products such as bricks, tiles, insulators, porcelain and pottery ware using machines to shape and fire.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is an AQF Certificate II or higher qualification or at least 1 years relevant experience.

Tasks Include:

  • selects dies, cores, rings and cutter assemblies for installation
  • sets controls on automatic cut-off knives or wires to cut extruded clay
  • starts mixing machines and adjusts valves to feed and regulate the flow of ingredients
  • starts pug mills and turns valves to add water and oil to mixtures or decrease pressure in pug mills
  • monitors the flow of clay and clay products into machines and adjusts valves and controls until products meet specifications
  • maintains equipment and examines products to detect faults
  • operates vertical or horizontal lathes to cut and shape unfired clayware or similar materials, and smooths surfaces
  • loads, unloads and operates kilns
  • may adjust automatic machines according to patterns specified by work orders or drawings

Specialisations:
Brick Extruder Operator
Porcelain Turner

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