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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.
Outlook & Prospects for Glass Forming and Finishing Machine Operators and Glass Cutters in Muskoka-Kawarthas 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 May 27 – May 31, 2013
- Despite declining enrolment, the Trillium Lakelands District School Board expects to hire 39 full-time and occasional high school teachers for work in the Muskoka area
- Construction is about to begin on a new $2M shipping and receiving building at the Pines Long-Term Care Residence in Bracebridge by Greystone Project Management of Huntsville
Week of May 20 – May 24, 2013
- Construction has begun on the Fleming College Sport Complex in Peterborough, which is expected to cost about $5.9M
- After three years of building renovations, a new Hobart’s Steakhouse along with private art gallery the Doctor’s House, will open at the end of May on Hunter Street in Peterborough
- In a cost-cutting move, Cameco Corporation will lay off 53 employees in Port Hope at its conversion, manufacturing and research facilities
Week of May 13 – May 17, 2013
- Renovations to the Bracebridge Falls and Wilson Falls hydroelectric stations are complete. The $21M in upgrades were completed by Bracebridge Generation Ltd.
- Aecon Group Inc. will complete $6M in runway upgrades at the Peterborough airport by January 2014 for the Seneca College Aviation Technology Program
- New Urban Haliburton Inc. has begun site preparation for the new Tim Horton’s location on County Road 21 outside Haliburton Village
- Bakkavor Foods Canada plans to close its Cobourg location within the next few weeks, affecting 50 workers
- Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare plans to reduce about 37 full-time equivalent positions and reduce the administrative department payroll by $200,000
Week of May 06 – May 10, 2013
- DaviCor Construction Inc. of Port Sydney was awarded a contract to complete Phase 1 construction at Pitman’s Bay Camp near Huntsville
- The Learning Disabilities Association of Peterborough will offer a six-week Jobfit employment preparation program to unemployed individuals over the age of 18 with learning disabilities
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