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Posted on: November 03, 2020 • Category: Manufacturing

Casting Fabricators


Apply By: November 30, 2020
No. of Jobs: 1
Job Type: Full-Time
Pay Type: Hourly
Compensation: DOE/DOQ
Education: High School

Evie Potts
Phone 1: 605.668.2344
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2500 Alumax Road
Yankton, SD 57078
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  • Operate mobile equipment (forklift, skid loader, sweeper, overhead crane) 
  • Add and subtract for weighing up of scrap and alloys for furnace calculations 
  • Identify different scrap alloys 
  • Remove (steel wires, banding, cardboard boxes, etc;) while charging furnaces 
  • Operate chargers without damaging furnace refractory 
  • Fill out proper paperwork for recoding of charges 
  • Communicate well with shift supervisor, leadman, and other employees 
  • Fill out proper inspection reports 
  • Follow proper procedure for charging furnaces to avoid molten metal  
  • Explosions 
  • Prepare samples on lathe for spectrometer  
  • Burn samples on spectrometer and calculate additions for different alloys 


  • Able to work in extreme heat or cold conditions. 
  • Ability to function successfully in a fast-paced, changing work environment. 
  • Able to learn and work with the extreme hazards of the handling of molten metal 
  • May be instances of high CO2 in area  
  • Employee must be able to have good vision or corrective lens to see visual defects. 


  • Standing: Must be able to stand for extended periods of time (can accommodate) 
  • Walking: Required to perform job duties 
  • Sitting: Limited (can accommodate) 
  • Crawling: None 
  • Climbing: Limited 
  • Bending: Necessary to perform job duties (can accommodate) 
  • Reaching: Necessary to perform job duties 
  • Grasping: Necessary to perform job duties 
  • Hearing: Necessary to perform job duties (may accommodate) 
  • Seeing: Necessary to perform job duties (may accommodate) 
  • Speaking: Necessary to perform job duties 
  • Lifting: Lifting of objects up to 50 pounds



Prepare furnace loads, flux furnaces, skim and process dross.  Operate lathe and spectrometer and calculate alloy additions to prepare furnace for Pit crew. Monitor all casting parameters and equipment while casting, (water temp & pressure, metal level in casting pan, metal temp, cast speed, length of cast, etc.) Responsible for quality of saw cuts – Saw burrs, angularity, and bent ends. 


  • Abides by Hydro’s company rules, policies, and procedures. 
  • Understands that performing job tasks in a safe manner is the highest priority. 
  • Reports any unsafe condition or act immediately to Supervision or HSE Manager. 
  • Fills out ‘Near Miss’s paperwork on any unsafe condition or act. 
  • Participates in daily pre-shift safety talk. 
  • Understands Hydro’s safety initiates and acts as facilitator on the floor to promote those initiatives. 
  • May be asked to participate in accident/incident reviews and develop corrective actions. 
  • Responsible for housekeeping and 5S in his or her respective area of work or areas as directed by the departmental supervisor. 
  • Employee will stretch at the start of his or her shift.  
  • Employee will wear proper PPE. 
  • May be asked to participate in completion an IMS entry for any safety issue or injury. 


  • Operate mobile equipment (forklift, skid loader, sweeper, overhead crane)  
  • Accurately weigh up furnace charges and distinguish different scrap by alloy 
  • Operate chargers to charge scrap metal into furnaces 
  • Removing of foreign material (steel wire, bands, cardboard, wood, etc;) while 
  • Filling chargers  
  • Fluxing of furnaces (mixing metal in furnace with argon gas) 
  • Skimming and processing of dross 
  • Taking of samples 
  • Operating lathe for preparing samples 
  • Operation of spectrometer  
  • Calculation of alloy additions  
  • Alloying furnaces (weighing and mixing of alloys into furnaces) 
  • Making sure metal in furnaces is at proper temperature for pit crew 
  • Unloading of scrap trailers, railroad cars, and inspection of scrap while unloading 
  • Help on log saw when needed 
  • Any other tasks or duties assigned by shift supervisor or leadman 


  • Learn all the functions and duties of a pit operator listed below and required to take on roll of casting operator regardless of shift (day or night) when it becomes available if Department Manager feels person is qualified. 
  • Prepare casting tables for production process 
  • Operate and maintain casting equipment   
  • Prepare moulds on casting tables, (wipe out & clean, reapply graphkote seals) 
  • Change out moulds that are not performing adequately 
  • Monitor oil system to moulds 
  • Make repairs to casting equipment  
  • Monitor supply storage items for casting  
  • Clean casting troughs and clean and replace filters for casting metal 
  • Plug and unplug furnaces and adjust metal flow while casting 
  • Take proper metal samples while casting 
  • Clean and repair casting tables 


  • Inspect saw for any mechanical, electrical, or hydraulic problems immediately to extrusion lead person.  
  • Check the cut length at the beginning of the shift and at each work stoppage. 
  • Ensure proper saw blade coolant. Not excessive.  Change 20” Saw Blade when necessary. 
  • Saw chip collector is empty at the end of each shift. Contact fork-lift driver when chips are full.  
  • Protect metal from scratches, dents, and any damage that can occur in transition.  
  • Metal has enough spacer bars to prevent denting. 
  • Review press folder for special instructions. 
  • Assist in the movement of the metal to saw storage table.  
  • Sets up dollies, racks, and spacer bar placements. 
  • Verify cut tolerance for specific job.  
  • Instructs saw help how to set saw stop.  
  • Completely fills out saw report.  
  • Blows out saw chip from each rack or dolly.  
  • Advise fork-lift driver of any special or different age practices

Other Information:

Hydro employees can enjoy several benefits including:

  • Medical, Rx, Dental, Disability, Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Retirement Savings Plans with Company Match/Contributions
  • Education Assistance
  • Bonus Plan Eligibility
  • Parental Leave
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