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Glass and ceramics process operatives position articles ready for firing in kilns and operate and attend furnaces and kilns to make and treat glass and ceramic items.

Tasks

  • Directs loading of furnace with prescribed quantities and types of ingredients
  • Sets timing and temperature controls, monitors pressure gauges, adjusts controls as necessary and regulates level of glass in furnace as required
  • Operates controls to rotate rotary furnaces and create a vacuum in vacuum furnaces, ensures that static furnaces are correctly positioned and switches on current
  • Monitors temperature of drying and annealing kilns and reports any significant deviations from schedule sheet
  • Cuts off heat supply after firing/heating/drying and cleans furnace and kiln areas.

Entry Requirements

Academic qualifications are not normally required. Training is mostly on-the-job, the amount and extent depending on the equipment used and type of operations performed. NVQs/SVQs/vocational qualifications covering glass processing, glass manufacturing, kiln operations and manufacturing ceramic items are available at Levels 1, 2 and 3.

What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £25,000 per annum and can progress up to £37,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 0 employed Glass & Ceramics Process Operatives in the region.

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