Glass Blowers, Molders, Benders, and Finishers

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About the Job

Shape molten glass according to patterns.

It is also Called

  • Ware Finisher
  • Tube Bender
  • Scientific Glass Blower
  • Relief Operator
  • Presser
  • Press Operator
  • Neon Tube Bender
  • Neon Pumper
  • Neon Glass Blower
  • Neon Glass Bender
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What They Do

  • Place rubber hoses on ends of tubing and charge tubing with gas.
  • Strike necks of finished articles to separate articles from blowpipes.
  • Cut lengths of tubing to specified sizes, using files or cutting wheels.
  • Superimpose bent tubing on asbestos patterns to ensure accuracy.
  • Develop sketches of glass products into blueprint specifications, applying knowledge of glass technology and glass blowing.
  • Repair broken scrolls by replacing them with new sections of tubing.
  • Operate and maintain finishing machines to grind, drill, sand, bevel, decorate, wash, or polish glass or glass products.
  • Place electrodes in tube ends and heat them with glass burners to fuse them into place.
  • Design and create glass objects, using blowpipes and artisans' hand tools and equipment.
  • Shape, bend, or join sections of glass, using paddles, pressing and flattening hand tools, or cork.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IS.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Social environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $32,370 with most people making between $21,030 and $45,060

Outlook

0.00%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,360 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 2,350 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 80 replacement openings for approximately 80 total annual openings.



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