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GEMINI INCORPORATED Foundry Specialist in Decorah, Iowa

Gemini is currently seeking a Foundry Specialist to join our production team in Decorah, IA. Minimum starting pay is \$19.34 per hour, taking experience into consideration. This is a great opportunity to join a dedicated team creating one-of-a-kind, plaques. Benefits start in less than 30 days!

Would you like to become part of a company leading in its field of work? Do you value a family setting where individuals are heard and further developed toward their personal and professional goals? Here at Gemini, we know what it means to be human, and we strive to make sure our employees feel valued.

Due to our incredible family of employees, we have grown substantially and are looking to grow our team further with like-minded individuals that share in our company values: Teamwork, Respect, Honesty, Curiosity, Stability, Stewardship, Customer Focus, and Diversity.

As a leader in the signage manufacturing industry, Gemini, Inc. has been providing stability to our employees for 60 years.

Purpose Statement:

To learn and demonstrate proficiency in all foundry related positions including furnace attendant, sand molding and cast metals finishing. Operators will be expected to cross-train and flex between positions based on business need.

Essential Functions:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Responsibilities:

Foundry Specialist

  • Ensures that proper ventilation procedures are followed before melting or pouring occurs.
  • Charges the melting furnace with proper alloys in preparation for pouring.
  • Insures proper melt by adjusting temperatures and de gasses or fluxes as required.
  • Prepares metals in furnace by pumping gases into molten metal to remove hydrogen and other impurities.
  • Spreads salt-based flux on molten metal to complete degassing.
  • Pours molten metal into molds, observing exact pouring techniques to achieve acceptable results.
  • Adjusts controls on the furnace to insure proper temperature for pouring.
  • Insures molds are properly prepared (weighted if necessary) before pouring.
  • Troubleshoots problems encountered in the pouring process and keeps the Plant Manager aware of all obstacles encountered.
  • Maintains required records of production processes as instructed.
  • Performs all duties of a Utility Operator as time allows or need dictates.
  • Maintains an awareness of how process improvements can be achieved and makes related recommendations to the department supervisor.

Sand Molding

  • Makes cores by obtaining core molds, sprays patterns with mold release agent.
  • Fills flasks with sand and packs tightly, using striker to properly level sand.
  • Removes solidified sand from the mold and places on conveyor system.
  • Places cores on molds, and assembles all components of molds, placing adhesive on mold component.
  • Removes hardened sand from forms.
  • Inspects and cleans molds in preparation for pouring and inserts cores.
  • Assembles mold halves, insuring proper alignment and form application of components.
  • Installs pouring cup on mold and forwards to pouring area.
  • Calibrates sand mixer, insuring that proper ratios are mixed with sand.
  • Completes appropriate records of molds produced.
  • Cleans mixer daily by removing solidified sand as required.
  • Feeds sand into reclaimer following the pouring procedures to facilitate the recycling of sand.
  • Maintains an awareness of how process improvements can be achieved and makes related recommendations to the department supervisor.
    • Constantly works toward producing products that are acceptable by company standards of quality.

Metal Letter Finisher

  • Band saw gates, runners, and excess flashing from cast letters and sorts unwanted pieces into re-melting carts.
  • Belt sands gates, flashing, and unwanted roughness from the returns of parts.
  • Drills and taps letters or stud weld parts for further handling or customer installation.
  • Hand finishes the areas on parts that were not accessible at belt sanding.
  • Blasts the returns of parts to create a consistent, uniform frosted finish.
  • Polishes parts to a \"near mirror\" consistent finish.
  • Washes parts to remove polishing compounds or unwanted residue from the finishing process.
  • Stroke sands parts to remove the rough outer layer and create a smooth, consistent finish necessary for painting, polishing, or anodizing.
  • Edges and racks parts according to color and requested ship date.
  • Maintains a thorough awareness of order dates, reworks, and remakes, plus prioritize work flow accordingly.
  • Signs and dates the quality check sheet attached to the back of the order sheet(s) after correct completion of the order.

General Requirements

  • Follows all safe work practices as outlined in Employee Manual and Safety Orientation. Completes all required safety training and participates in monthly connection meetings.
  • Drive forklift and other material handling equipment as required.
  • Will participate in Lean/Continuous Improvement efforts in the plant
  • Maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees.
  • Maintains responsibility for the safety of one\'s self and other employees in the work area.
  • Completes records of department\'s production. Reports department needs to supervisor.
  • Maintains a neat working environment.
  • Ability to lift 50lbs frequently and 75lbs occasionally.
  • Perform similar or related various duties as required.

Required Education/Experience:

  • High School Diploma /GED or equivalent demonstrated competency through work experience
  • Experience in a production environment
  • High level of mechanical aptitude

Preferred Experience/Knowledge: