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Glass makers, cutters, grinders and finishers





Glass makers, cutters, grinders and finishers blow, mould, press, cut, trim, grind and polish glass, and shape molten glass according to patterns.
Tasks include -
(a) heating glass to pliable stage using gas flames or ovens, and rotating glass to heat it uniformly;
(b) blowing and bending glass tubing into specified shapes to form scientific apparatus such as flasks, retorts and pipettes;
(c) grinding and polishing glass objects or parts to correct defects or to prepare surfaces for further finishing and smoothening and polishing rough edges, using belt sanders or polishing wheels;
(d) examining glass stock and finished products and marking or discarding items with defects such as spots, stains, scars, snags, chips, scratches or unacceptable shapes or finishes;
(e) reading work orders to determine dimensions, cutting locations and quantities to cut;
(f) observing gauges, computer printouts and video monitors to verify specified processing conditions and make adjustments as necessary;
(g) positioning patterns or drawings on glass, measuring dimensions, and marking cutting lines, using glass cutting tools and cutting glass along marked outlines or around pattern;
(h) setting up, operating and adjusting computerized or robotic glass cutting equipment;
(i) inspecting, weighing and measuring products to verify conformity with specifications, using instruments such as micrometers, callipers, magnifiers and rulers;
(j) regulating oven temperatures according to glass types to be processed;
(k) transferring patterns for individual stained glass parts from full size drawings to pattern paper, using stylus to trace drawings;
(l) spraying silver solution on glass to provide mirrored surface, using spray guns;
(m) laying out cutting and grinding optical and other glass to specified dimensions and weight for moulding into lens blanks and for use as watch crystals.
Examples of the occupations classified here:
- Glass blower
- Glass cutter
- Glass finisher
- Glass grinder
Some related occupations classified elsewhere:
- Glass production furnace operator - 8181

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