Glass Blower Duties
This is supervisory and skilled technical work at the journeyman
level in the fabrication and repair of scientific glass
Work involves responsibility for the operation of a glassblowing
unit engaged in the repair of a wide variety of scientific glass
apparatus. Work includes advising and consulting with faculty
and research personnel on problems arising in the design and use
of glass apparatus. Work assignments are received orally and in
the form of sketches or blue prints and are carried out with
technical independence under the administrative direction of a
superior. Work is reviewed through inspection and observation of
results. Supervision is exercised over skilled, semiskilled, and
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Supervises and participates in the fabrication of a variety of
glass apparatus and equipment for research and instructional
Conducts classroom demonstrations and gives lectures on
glassblowing and design.
Uses special equipment for fusing, turning, cutting, bending,
and calibrating glass; employs special techniques in fusing
glass to metal and other materials.
Supervises and trains glassblowing personnel in the molding of
glass, pyrex, and quartz.
Does tooling of glass.
Consults with faculty and research staff on problems arising in
the design and use of glass and plastic apparatus; advises on
feasibility of suggested uses of glass; assists in the design of
Develops experimental apparatus from conversations and rough
sketches; repairs and modifies standard experimental glass
Orders equipment and materials for glassblowing shop; maintains
cost accounts for individual jobs.
Performs related work as required.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Graduation from a standard high school or vocational school,
supplemented by formal training in glassblowing; and
considerable experience in glassblowing, including experience in
the construction of scientific apparatus; or any equivalent
combination of training and experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Thorough knowledge of the tools, equipment, materials, methods,
and practices of the glassblowing trade.
Thorough knowledge of the techniques involved in working with
flint, lead, quartz, pyrex, and vycor glass.
Thorough knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions of the
Thorough knowledge of laboratory and shop techniques in
Ability to work from oral instructions, rough sketches, and blue
Ability to execute precision work in glass.
Ability to train and supervise apprentices and students in
Ability to diagnose problems and make constructive
Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with faculty members and research personnel.
Skill in the fabrication, modification, and repair of glass