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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9416a Occupation: Forging machine operators
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Forging machine operators operate forging machines to form and shape metal into various shapes and sizes and impart desired strength, hardness or other characteristics. They are employed primarily in the fabricated metal products, machinery, and transportation equipment manufacturing industries. Forging machine operators operate forging machines to form and shape metal into various shapes and sizes and impart desired strength, hardness or other characteristics. They are employed primarily in the fabricated metal products, machinery, and transportation equipment manufacturing industries.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3 4
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2 3

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  • Read routine memos and notices about safety posted around work areas to stay up-to-date on related company policies and recommended practices. (1)
  • Read reports from head office to obtain information on production problems and corresponding set up changes which need to be implemented. (2)
  • Read a newsletter to stay informed about industry trends. (2)
  • Read various manuals to find information about operating forging machines or about quality assurance. (3)
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  • Complete progress report forms after every 100 pieces produced to comply with quality control procedures set by the International Standards Organization (ISO). (1)
  • Complete rejection tags or non-conformance reports of up to a paragraph in length to describe why defective materials do not meet quality control standards. (1)
  • Maintain log books to record production data including product numbers, quantities produced, dates, shifts and the number of each drawing used. (1)
  • Write brief comments on a work order, such as an explanation of why a customer's order cannot be met in full. (1)
  • Prepare accident investigation forms requiring more than one paragraph to record the results of accident investigations. (2)
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Document Use
  • Complete checklist forms to provide standardized orientation for new workers. (1)
  • Read labels on gas pipes and water lines to operate furnaces. (1)
  • Read Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) labels to obtain safety information. (2)
  • Interpret sketches, drawn by co-workers, to learn how to set up machines for a specific order. (2)
  • Read work orders to obtain such product information as quantity, dimensions and type and gauge of steel to use. (2)
  • Read tables to obtain data such as the temperature requirements for forging pipes, die code numbers and corresponding shelf numbers indicating where they are stored. (3)
  • Interpret isometric drawings to bend metal according to the customer's specifications and blueprints to set up the machine for the required tolerances. (4)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer or computer-controlled machinery or equipment with no knowledge of software required. For example, use computer-controlled forging machines or use customized programs for just-in-time (JIT) inventory systems. (1)
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Oral Communication
  • Speak to suppliers to make sure that the required sizes of pipes are available. (1)
  • Interact with millwrights to discuss the symptoms of equipment problems. (2)
  • Communicate with partners to jointly accomplish tasks or with helpers to provide information and oversee their work. (2)
  • Interact with the supervisors to obtain work assignments, provide progress reports and discuss production problems. (2)
  • Interact with co-workers in the capacity of group leader to provide explanations and assist workers who are having problems. (2)
  • Interact with workers in other departments, such as engineering and quality control, to exchange information and to obtain feedback. (2)
  • Communicate with other forging machine operators to co-ordinate shared access to machines, to give instructions to junior operators and to exchange job-related information. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure dimensions, such as the diameter and length of pipes, and measure furnace temperatures to perform routine job tasks. (1)
  • Take a variety of measurements to ensure that pipe dimensions are as specified. (1)
  • Calculate the number of steel rods needed to make 600 18-inch steel bolts. (2)
  • Take precise measurements, using callipers and micrometers, to obtain some of the data needed for identifying whether the item is within tolerance limits. (3)
  • Calculate how much pipe will be required to complete bends, which are given as degrees of rotation around a circle with a fixed radius. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate how many pieces are in a box or on a lift, in case set-up adjustments are needed such as splitting up a lot. (1)
  • Estimate heating times for metal to ensure that it reaches the correct temperature, considering such variables as the size of steel and complexity of the dies. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Forging machine operators perform repetitive tasks but the content of the tasks may vary depending on the work at hand. Work priorities and related deadlines are tied to customer demand and forepersons provide most forging machine operators with work order assignments detailing this information. Forging machine operators whose companies have adopted team principles may allocate work as a team at the beginning of each shift. Most forging machine operators have wide scope to determine the order of tasks, sequencing multiple tasks for efficiency by, for example, ensuring that machines, equipment and supplies are available when needed. Some co-ordinate with the work plans of other machine operators to arrange shared access to machines and to arrange for assistance in performing heavy job tasks. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide when the colour of metal indicates proper forging temperature. (1)
  • Decide what constitutes safe working practices at all times to protect the well being of yourself and others. (2)
  • Decide whether to obtain a new die or improvise with a similar die when it is worn out or missing, justifying these actions to the supervisor. (2)
  • Decide whether the metal products that have been produced meet quality assurance standards. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • The metal is "brightening up" as it is going by on the line. This is a sign of a particular problem. Address the problem, measuring edges and making welds. (1)
  • There are defective materials, such as faulty pipe seams which break when bent. Identify whether the bending process should be modified to perform a more gradual bend or whether the pipe needs to be upgraded to a heavier type. (2)
  • There are temperature fluctuations in the furnace which threaten the quality of the final product. Make temperature adjustments to the furnace at various intervals, drawing on own experience to time the adjustments so that an even temperature is consistently maintained. (2)
  • A machine is running too hot, scarring the eye nuts under production. Use own judgement in recommending whether the scarred pieces are in conformance with quality control standards and, if not, write a non-conformance report. Identify the cause of the problem, using a process of elimination, and make the necessary corrections, such as removing a piece of metal stuck in the machine. (3)
  • Stress tests have shown cracks in the weld. Collaborate with the foreperson to assess the probable cause of the problem, which may relate to whether the pipe was formed correctly. Decide together on what corrective measures to take, such as changing the angle of a fin, and have a second stress test taken to determine the success of the actions taken. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Refer to blueprint books to verify the product specifications for a particular job. (1)
  • Refer to manuals to find information on how to set up forging machines for various jobs. This may be deemed mandatory as a quality assurance measure. (2)
  • Speak with the supervisor to find information needed to troubleshoot process problems. (2)
  • Speak with journeypersons working in the plant, such as electricians and millwrights, to seek electrical or mechanical information needed to troubleshoot quality control problems which may be equipment related. (3)
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