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Glass Blowers, Molders, Benders, and Finishers

Shape molten glass according to patterns.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Place glass into dies or molds of presses and control presses to form products, such as glassware components or optical blanks.
    • Spray or swab molds with oil solutions to prevent adhesion of glass.
    • Heat glass to pliable stage, using gas flames or ovens and rotating glass to heat it uniformly.
    • Inspect, weigh, and measure products to verify conformance to specifications, using instruments such as micrometers, calipers, magnifiers, or rulers.
    • Blow tubing into specified shapes to prevent glass from collapsing, using compressed air or own breath, or blow and rotate gathers in molds or on boards to obtain final shapes.
    • Operate electric kilns that heat and mold glass sheets to the shape and curve of metal jigs.
    • Determine types and quantities of glass required to fabricate products.
    • Set up and adjust machine press stroke lengths and pressures and regulate oven temperatures, according to glass types to be processed.
    • Record manufacturing information, such as quantities, sizes, or types of goods produced.
    • Shape, bend, or join sections of glass, using paddles, pressing and flattening hand tools, or cork.
    • Design and create glass objects, using blowpipes and artisans' hand tools and equipment.
    • Place electrodes in tube ends and heat them with glass burners to fuse them into place.
    • Operate and maintain finishing machines to grind, drill, sand, bevel, decorate, wash, or polish glass or glass products.
    • Repair broken scrolls by replacing them with new sections of tubing.
    • Develop sketches of glass products into blueprint specifications, applying knowledge of glass technology and glass blowing.
    • Superimpose bent tubing on asbestos patterns to ensure accuracy.
    • Cut lengths of tubing to specified sizes, using files or cutting wheels.
    • Strike necks of finished articles to separate articles from blowpipes.
    • Place rubber hoses on ends of tubing and charge tubing with gas.

    Skills

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    Knowledge

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 34970/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 16.81/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 2,890
    • Yearly Projected Openings 320

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Independence
    • Initiative
    • Persistence
    • Cooperation

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