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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 Northwest 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 NewsWeek of Oct 21 - Oct 25, 2013
- Rentech Inc. is re-tooling idle mills in Atikokan and Wawa in order to start production of wood energy pellets. The Atikokan plant should create 25 jobs and the Wawa plant 40 jobs once operational in 2014.
- The Dryden Police Communications Centre will close effective March 31, 2014. Services are to be outsourced to the Owen Sound Police Service, resulting in the loss of 9 full-time and 4 part-time positions.
- The Ontario government awarded a $6.7M contract to Pioneer Construction Inc. to repave over 20 kilometres of Highway 11, west of Atikokan, creating 67 new jobs
- A new LCBO to be built in Thunder Bay by spring 2015 will be the largest in Northwestern Ontario
- Twenty new jobs created and up to 140 protected with the opening of the new $66M Becker cogeneration facility in Hornepayne, west of Timmins
- LH North Limited and LH Crane & Rigging Limited has been awarded a $1.3M contract to remove an overhead rail line near Marathon, creating 13 jobs
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