Glass and ceramics plant operators

Role Responsibilities

  • Operating and monitoring glass-making furnaces to make glass by melting and fusing pre-mixed ingredients
  • Tending hot- or cold-end spray equipment used to coat glassware with surface hardener
  • Operating and maintaining machines that press or blow molten glass into moulds to form or shape containers such as bottles, jars and drinking glasses
  • Operating hand presses to mould glass into required shape
  • Operating drawing kilns to process molten glass into continuous sheets of flat glass
  • Operating and monitoring floating-glass production plants
  • Operating and maintaining finishing machines to grind, drill, sand, bevel, decorate, wash or polish glass or glass products
  • Setting and operating press machines to mould ceramic articles from moist clay
  • Operating machines to mix clay with water to knead it into a suitable plastic condition or semi-liquid form for making ceramic products
  • Operating and monitoring kilns which bake pottery, porcelain ware, bricks and tiles
  • Operating and monitoring machines for making glaze or abrasives
  • Operating and monitoring machines which extrude molten glass to form fibreglass filaments
  • Observing finished products to identify splits, cracks, breaks, colour and other imperfections

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