Glass Forming and Finishing Machine Operators and Glass Cutters

(NOC 9413)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

Glass forming and finishing machine operators use 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 work for glass and glass products manufacturing companies.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

  • Estimate 75 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 1460 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a small percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Glass Forming and Finishing Machine Operators and Glass Cutters most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 67% of Glass Forming and Finishing Machine Operators and Glass Cutters who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$27,782

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$23.91

Median

$35.04

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,056

Minimum

$30,111

Median

$70,518

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Glass forming and finishing machine operators use 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 work for glass and glass products manufacturing companies.

Job duties

Glass process control operators:

  • Use 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.
  • Watch gauges, computer printouts, and video monitors to verify processing conditions and make changes, as necessary.
  • Maintain shift log of production and other data.
  • May use process control machinery to cut glass or assemble glass window units.
  • May clean and maintain process machinery.
  • May make sure adequate levels of oil, soap, talc, or other materials are used in machine production of glass.

Glass forming machine operators:

  • Set up and adjust automatic glass feeding, flowing, and forming machines.
  • Use and maintain machines that press or blow molten glass in moulds to form or shape containers like bottles, jars and drinking glasses.
  • Use 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 glass from sticking.
  • Weigh, measure, and check production samples using scales and gauges and by visual verification to make sure they meet specifications.

Glass finishing machine operators:

  • Set up and adjust glass and glass-product finishing machines.
  • Use 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 like quantity, size and type of goods produced.

Glass cutters:

  • Jig, measure and mark glass or place pattern on or under glass for cutting.
  • Examine and mark defective glass to get the best cut.
  • Cut glass along marked outlines or around pattern using hand tools.
  • Smooth rough edges using belt sander or smoothing wheels.
  • Set up, run, and adjust computerized or robotic glass cutting equipment.
  • Monitor process for product quality.

Sample job titles

  • bottle machine operator
  • float operator
  • glass beveller
  • glass edger
  • glass moulder
  • glass-blowing machine operator
  • glass-finishing machine operator
  • glass-pressing machine operator
  • hand glass cutter
  • mirror maker

Skills

You should be responsible, alert, and in good physical health. Coordination, agility, and a mechanical ability are important. You must be accurate and pay attention to detail. You must also be able to take direction and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements

  • High school may be necessary.
  • On-the-job training is provided.
  • Experience as a machine operator helper in glass manufacturing is usually necessary for machine operators in this unit group.
  • Experience as a glass cutter helper is usually necessary for manual glass cutters.

Other considerations

Shiftwork is common in these jobs. Movement is possible among the various types of machine operators in this unit group. ** Movement to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

50

employed in 2016

88.9%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

0.0%
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100%
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41.6

median age

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

15,275

employed in 2016

83.2%

employed full-time

3.2%

self employed

27.6%
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72.4%
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44.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

33.3%

Halifax

22.2%

Southern

22.2%

North Shore

22.2%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

42.9%

Manufacturing

28.6%

Wholesale trade

28.6%

Other services (except public administration)

What is the age of Employment?

50.0%

35-44

25.0%

15-24

25.0%

25-34

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

24.5%

45-54

20.8%

55-64

19.3%

35-44

16.5%

25-34

15.0%

15-24

Top levels of education

30.0%

Less than high school

N/A
30.0%

High school

N/A
20.0%

University certificate or diploma

N/A
20.0%

College certificate or diploma

N/A

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

38.1%

High school

$28,505 median annual income
23.3%

Less than high school

$19,224 median annual income
19.9%

College certificate or diploma

$38,781 median annual income
12.2%

Trades certificate

$43,975 median annual income
4.5%

Bachelor's degree

$39,715 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

UNIFOR
63 Otter Lake Court, 2nd Floor
Halifax, NS B3S 1M1
Tel: (902) 455-9327

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