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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9413 Occupation: Glass forming and finishing machine operators and glass cutters
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Machine operators in this unit group operate 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 are employed by glass and glass products manufacturing companies. Machine operators in this unit group operate 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 are employed by glass and glass products manufacturing companies.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Money Math Money Math 1 2 3
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2 3
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2

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  • Read notes from co-workers. (1)
  • Read trade journals for trends in glass forming and finishing. (2)
  • Refer to building codes to ascertain the weight of glass allowable in various circumstances. (2)
  • Read procedure guides and safety bulletins. (2)
  • Read technical information sheets from manufacturers and flyers from suppliers about new products and new tints. (2)
  • Read machine manuals such as the manual which gives information on the assembly, operation and maintenance of the bevelling machine. (3)
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  • Make log entries on job specifications and machine settings. (1)
  • Write notes to record dimensions and other work order information. (1)
  • Write an incident report to record a window breaking as it was being transported. (1)
  • Write instructions to accompany drawings, such as a notation that doors are to have standard hardware. (1)
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Document Use
  • Read machine logs which list breakdowns of various machines and the maintenance measures taken. (1)
  • Fill in reports showing the number of blowing or cutting errors which have occurred during the shift. (1)
  • Read labels on chemical products such as cerium powder. (1)
  • Read maintenance schedules that list daily, weekly and monthly maintenance tasks. (2)
  • Read work order forms to find the number and dimensions of windows or other glass products ordered. (2)
  • Enter information into production records, such as quantities of each glass size produced, and record data from temperature and pressure gauges. (2)
  • Refer to wheel charts to determine the settings for a bevelling machine's cutting, grinding and polishing wheels, and to charts which convert measurements between fractions of an inch and millimetres. (2)
  • Identify angles of 15°, 30° and 45° when cutting glass. (2)
  • Refer to invoices and delivery forms to ensure that all the supplies needed for a job have been received. (2)
  • Read markings on sheets of glass indicating sizes and bending specifications. (2)
  • Look at blueprints to see where a window or glass counter will fit into a home design. (2)
  • Obtain information on dimensions and the curve radius from scale drawings. (3)
  • Read assembly drawings of machine parts. (3)
  • Interpret diagrams of muntin patterns for diamond shaped windows to determine the number of pieces to cut and to plan the spaces between the pieces. (3)
  • Enter information into a bottle weight flowchart and read flowcharts from previous shifts. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer applications such as computer-controlled machinery. For example, operate bottle manufacturing and bevelling machines. (1)
  • Use a database. For example, refer to a computerized supply inventory. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Tell delivery personnel where to place deliveries. (1)
  • Listen to warnings or instructions from co-workers when moving large sheets of glass. (1)
  • Greet customers and take orders on behalf of the owner. (1)
  • Talk to window fabricators to co-ordinate the cutting of glass and to determine how many extra pieces should be cut to take into account possible breakage. (1)
  • Talk to suppliers and mechanics to order machine parts or discuss repairs. (2)
  • Communicate with supervisors to clarify work orders or discuss how to resolve faults in the production process. (2)
  • Interact with co-workers operating machines to discuss what kind of faults are occurring in bottles and what corrective actions are being taken. (2)
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Money Math
  • Prepare invoices, calculating discounts and taxes, accept payment from customers and make change. (3)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure the length, width and thickness of sheets of glass. (1)
  • Measure wheel tensions and monitor oil and air pressure gauges to ensure they are operating according to specifications. (1)
  • Calculate the area of a triangle when determining how to cut a triangular mirror. (2)
  • Calculate a dimension of a curve for which measurements are missing on a drawing. For example, given an arc of 90 degrees and a radius, calculate the length of the arc to know the length of glass needed. Check the radius of a curve on a jig or piece of glass by using a nail as a centre point and measuring with a tape the distance of the radius on several points of the curve. (3)
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Data Analysis
  • Calculate the average bottle weight to the nearest 1/5th of a gram four to six times per shift, and compare the measurement to specifications. (2)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the depth of a bevel. (1)
  • Estimate the number of pieces of glass that can be cut out of a standard sheet. (2)
  • Estimate the settings for time and temperature on the kiln. Base estimate on past experience, job records and talking with supervisors. (3)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Glass forming and finishing machine operators and glass cutters receive instructions from company owners or managers. They determine the sequence of their tasks, taking into account the need to co-ordinate the use of equipment and machines with co-workers who may be working on the same order or on a different order. They may need to plan a day or so ahead to ensure that their work fits the work plan of others involved in the process. They may be interrupted from time to time to provide assistance to co-workers in cutting spacers or assembling units. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide when the glass has bent far enough to turn off the kiln. (1)
  • Decide when to change a grinder. (2)
  • Decide how to set the polish wheel pressure and when it is necessary to cool down the wheel. (2)
  • Decide whether to close down the line to replace a machine component. (2)
  • Decide whether to cut pieces of glass out of whole or partial sheets, keeping in mind the need to minimize waste. (2)
  • Decide whether to accept or reject a piece of glass which has been slightly damaged in transport. (2)
  • Make decisions on job priorities to ensure that the needs of customers are met. This may mean stopping work on one order in order to deliver a completed product to another customer. These decisions take into account the need to schedule machine time with co-workers. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • The glass has twisted as it melted and has gone off the centre of the jig. Wait until the glass cools and reposition it, figuring out how to remake the jig to keep the glass in position. (1)
  • A conveyor belt has broken. Carry out simple repairs or call upon a repair person. (1)
  • A bevel's corners are cloudy. Check wheel pressures, temperatures and angles, making adjustments carefully to avoid breaking the glass. (2)
  • Glass is fracturing or chipping when it is being cut. Look for the cause, such as a cutting wheel being dull or a sheet of glass being at too cold a temperature. (2)
  • Pieces of glass that have been cut for windows do not fit properly because of split window sashes. Adjust the measurements or arrange for carpentry work which will tighten the fitting of the glass. (2)
  • Certain gauges are fluctuating when the automated beveller is being used. Investigate the source of the problem and then work through a process of elimination to resolve it. (2)
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Finding Information
  • Verify information on customer work orders. (1)
  • Call suppliers or other specialized glass companies for advice on how to deal with specific problems, such as how to cut very thick glass. (2)
  • Look in the job history log to look up settings and specifications for glass bending which were used on past jobs. (2)
  • Refer to various sections of machine manuals to find information for solving mechanical problems. (2)
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