NOC 9413 – Glass forming and finishing machine operators


  • annealer – glass products manufacturing
  • automatic glass-cutting table operator
  • automatic sealing gun operator – glass
  • batch plant tender – glass
  • beaker tester
  • bottle inspector – glass products manufacturing
  • bottle machine operator – glass products manufacturing
  • bottle maker operator
  • bottle maker operator – glass and glass products
  • bottle tester
  • diamond grinder operator – glass finishing
  • diamond wheel edger – glass finishing
  • drawing kiln operator – glass forming
  • enamel burner – glass products manufacturing
  • enamelling furnace operator – glass products manufacturing
  • enamelware paint baker – glass products manufacturing
  • float chief operator – glass forming
  • float operator – glass forming
  • forming-cutting operator – glass products
  • gatherer – glass products manufacturing
  • glass bender
  • glass beveller
  • glass beveller operator
  • glass beveller tender
  • glass bonding machine operator
  • glass breaker
  • glass buffer
  • glass chipper
  • glass cut-off machine operator
  • glass cutter
  • glass cutter operator
  • glass cutter-framer
  • glass drill operator
  • glass drill tender
  • glass edger
  • glass edger operator
  • glass edger tender
  • glass etcher
  • glass finisher
  • glass forming operator
  • glass forming specialist
  • glass furnace operator
  • glass furnace setter-operator
  • glass furnace set-up operator
  • glass grinder
  • glass heater
  • glass laminator
  • glass lathe operator
  • glass lehr attendant
  • glass lehr operator
  • glass lehr tender
  • glass marker
  • glass melter
  • glass mixer
  • glass mould cleaner
  • glass mould polisher
  • glass moulder
  • glass polisher
  • glass polisher tender
  • glass presser
  • glass spin mould machine set-up operator
  • glass tank furnace operator
  • glass temperer
  • glass windshield autoclave operator
  • glass worker – glass products manufacturing
  • glass-annealing furnace tender
  • glass-blowing lathe operator
  • glass-blowing machine operator
  • glass-blowing machine setter
  • glass-coating line operator
  • glass-decorating machine operator
  • glass-drawing machine operator
  • glass-edging machine feeder
  • glass-finishing machine operator
  • glass-forming machine operator
  • glass-forming machine setter
  • glass-forming machine set-up person
  • glass-grinding machine feeder
  • glass-pressing and glass-blowing machine operator
  • glass-pressing machine operator
  • glass-silvering machine operator
  • glass-stopper grinder
  • glass-tempering furnace operator
  • glass-tube-expander operator
  • glassware grinder
  • glassware-banding machine tender
  • glassware-decorating machine operator
  • groove grinder – glass
  • hand glass cutter
  • hand glass edge finisher
  • machine operator – glass forming and finishing
  • mirror maker
  • mirror silverer
  • mirror-silvering equipment operator
  • neon sign pumper
  • neon sign tube bender
  • neon tube bender
  • neon tube pumper
  • ornamental glass production worker
  • special glass cutter
  • stained glass production worker
  • staple cutter – glass products manufacturing
  • strapping machine operator – glass manufacturing
  • tinted glassware maker
  • yardage controller – glass products manufacturing

Job Duties

Glass process control operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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.

Glass forming machine operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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.

Glass finishing machine operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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.

Glass cutters perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Jig, 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.

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • Experience as a machine operator helper in glass manufacturing is usually required for machine operators in this unit group.
  • Experience as a glass cutter helper is usually required for manual glass cutters.

Additional Information

  • Mobility is possible among the various types of machine operators in this unit group.
  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.


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