Glass Ribbon Machine Operator

Set up and operate automatic machines to form bulbs from molten glass.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Glass Ribbon Machine Operators do?

Sets up and operates automatic machine to form bulbs and other products from molten glass: Installs molds, forming devices, and orifice plates, following specifications. Positions forming mechanisms between forehearth and lehr. Turns controls to regulate temperatures and pressures in forehearth and forming molds and flow of coolant on rollers. Verifies temperature of molten glass in forehearth, using optical pyrometer. Raises plunger forehearth orifice to start flow of molten glass through machine units. Adjusts rollers to control glass thickness, using handtools and measuring devices. Monitors gauges, such as temperature, pressure, machine speed, and rate of glass flow. Examines for variations from processing standards, using templates and gauges.

Should I be a Glass Ribbon Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • How to Become a
    Glass Ribbon Machine Operator

    Most Glass Ribbon Machine 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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