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Glass and ceramics process operatives

£13,000 Average salary at age 20
£28,600 Average Salary
49 Average hours per week

Description

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.

Main 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.

Qualifications

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.

UK Prospects

2800 Workforce Size
12.71% Predicted decline 2021 - 2027
1065 Predicted Replacement 2021 - 2027

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