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Machine operators in this unit group operate multi-function process control machinery or single function machines to melt, form, cut or finish flat glass, glassware, bottles, and other glass products. Glass cutters cut flat glass of various thicknesses to specified sizes and shapes by hand. They are employed by glass and glass products manufacturing companies.
bottle machine operator, float operator – glass forming, glass beveller, glass cutter, hand, glass edger, glass moulder, glass-blowing machine operator, glass-finishing machine operator, glass-pressing machine operator, mirror maker.
- Operate multi-function process control machinery through control panels, computer terminals or other control systems to mix and melt raw materials; heat, anneal, temper or form float glass or glass products; and coat glass with silver or other metals and materials
- Observe gauges, computer printouts and video monitors to verify specified processing conditions and make adjustments as necessary
- Maintain shift log of production and other data
- May operate process control machinery to cut glass or assemble glass window units
- May clean and maintain process machinery
- May ensure adequate levels of oil, soap, talc or other materials used in machine production of glass.
- Set up and adjust automatic glass feeding, flowing and forming machines
- Operate and maintain machines that press or blow molten glass in moulds to form or shape containers, such as bottles, jars and drinking glasses
- Operate electric kilns that heat glass sheets and mould to the shape and curve of metal jigs
- Spray or swab moulds with oil solutions to prevent adhesion of glass
- Weigh, measure and check production samples to assess conformance to specifications using scales and gauges and by visual verification.
- Set up and adjust glass and glass-product finishing machines
- Operate and maintain finishing machines to grind, drill, sand, bevel, decorate, wash or polish glass or glass products
- Visually inspect products for quality
- Record manufacturing information such as quantity, size and type of goods produced.
- Jig and measure and mark glass or place pattern on or under glass for cutting
- Examine and mark defective glass to obtain best cut
- Cut glass along marked outlines or around pattern using hand tools
- Smooth rough edges using belt sander or smoothing wheels
- Set up, operate and adjust computerized or robotic glass cutting equipment
- Monitor process for product quality.
Barrie, Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener, Orillia, Waterloo, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Collingwood, Innisfil, Midland, New Hamburg, New Tecumseth, Orangeville, Penetanguishene, Port McNicoll, Shelburne, Alliston, Ayr, Beeton, Buena Vista Park, Cardwell, Cookstown, Cumberland Beach, Elmira, Elmvale, Purple Hill, Rockcut, Rockwood, Starrview Acres, St. Jacobs, Tottenham
Outlook & Prospects for Glass Forming and Finishing Machine Operators and Glass Cutters in Kitchener--Waterloo--Barrie Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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Local Labour Market News
Week of Apr 29 – May 03, 2013
- Harbour House Grill opened in Innisfil
- The City of Waterloo laid off nine employees as a result of a city-wide organizational review
- The Waterloo Region Small Business Centre is accepting applications until May 17 for youth who are interested in starting their own business this summer
Week of Apr 22 – Apr 26, 2013
- Groves Memorial Community Hospital in Wellington received $5.5M from the provincial government to continue work on the design of the new hospital
- Babcock & Wilcox Canada Ltd., a steam generation products manufacturer, laid off 26 workers at its Cambridge location
- Foley’s Furnishing in Collingwood will close, affecting nine full-time employees and one part-time employee
Week of Apr 15 – Apr 19, 2013
- HGS Canada will expand its contact centre operations to Barrie, creating 500 jobs initially with the potential for future growth within the year. The company is currently hiring both entry level and management positions.
- Graham Construction of Mississauga was awarded a design-build contract for the new Canadian Forces Military Police Academy building at Canadian Forces Base Borden. The $54M project expects to create 173 jobs and to be completed in 2015.
- Construction started on a $3.1M roundabout project in Cambridge, which is expected to take three months to complete
Week of Apr 08 – Apr 12, 2013
- Bourgeois Motors Ltd., a car dealership in Midland, is moving to a larger facility in August 2013 and plans to hire more employees
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