Drawing Kiln Operator

Operate drawing kilns to process molten glass into sheets of flat glass.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Drawing Kiln Operators do?

Operates drawing kiln to process molten glass into continuous sheet of flat glass: Sets rheostat to control speed of rolls on kiln that draw glass sheet of specified thickness, and adjusts setting to maintain thickness, based on gauge or recorder readings during processing. Regulates gas-firing to edges of glass sheet to prevent slippage of sheet from knurl guide wheels. Inspects glass sheet through kiln peephole for defects, such as stones and blisters, as sheet is drawn vertically by rolls. Signals BALCONY WORKER to open rolls and allow passage of defective area to prevent break in sheet. Receives gauge readings and positions asbestos pads on sides of cooling jacket in kiln with iron rod to correct irregular thickness in glass sheet. Closes lower roll of drawing kiln to prevent broken sheets of glass from collapsing into kiln. Lights auxiliary gas jets in kiln to heat glass sheet below break and stop run of break. Replaces jacket cooling pads and plugs in kiln with mortar, using trowel.


Should I be a Drawing Kiln Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to become a Drawing Kiln Operator

    Most Drawing Kiln Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9gaaaa&chl=no+college+%2891%25%29|certificate+%289%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,91,91
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