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Glass Blowers, Molders, Benders, and Finishers - 51-9195.04

O*NET-SOC Description

Shape molten glass according to patterns.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Gaffer
  • Glass Bender
  • Glass Blower
  • Glass Lathe Operator
  • Glass Tube Bender
  • Glassblower
  • Neon Glass Bender
  • Neon Tube Bender

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-9000 Other Production Occupations
51-9190 Miscellaneous Production Workers
51-9195.00 Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic
51-9195.04 Glass Blowers, Molders, Benders, and Finishers

Related Occupations


  • Blow tubing into specified shapes to prevent glass from collapsing, using compressed air or own breath, or blow and rotate gathers in molds or on boards to obtain final shapes.
  • Cut lengths of tubing to specified sizes, using files or cutting wheels.
  • Design and create glass objects, using blowpipes and artisans' hand tools and equipment.
  • Determine types and quantities of glass required to fabricate products.
  • Develop sketches of glass products into blueprint specifications, applying knowledge of glass technology and glass blowing.
  • Heat glass to pliable stage, using gas flames or ovens and rotating glass to heat it uniformly.
  • Inspect, weigh, and measure products to verify conformance to specifications, using instruments such as micrometers, calipers, magnifiers, or rulers.
  • Operate and maintain finishing machines to grind, drill, sand, bevel, decorate, wash, or polish glass or glass products.
  • Operate electric kilns that heat and mold glass sheets to the shape and curve of metal jigs.
  • Place electrodes in tube ends and heat them with glass burners to fuse them into place.
  • Place glass into dies or molds of presses and control presses to form products, such as glassware components or optical blanks.
  • Place rubber hoses on ends of tubing and charge tubing with gas.
  • Record manufacturing information, such as quantities, sizes, or types of goods produced.
  • Repair broken scrolls by replacing them with new sections of tubing.
  • Set up and adjust machine press stroke lengths and pressures and regulate oven temperatures, according to glass types to be processed.
  • Shape, bend, or join sections of glass, using paddles, pressing and flattening hand tools, or cork.
  • Spray or swab molds with oil solutions to prevent adhesion of glass.
  • Strike necks of finished articles to separate articles from blowpipes.
  • Superimpose bent tubing on asbestos patterns to ensure accuracy.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
  • Apply parting agents or other solutions to molds.
  • Create diagrams or blueprints for workpieces or products.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
  • Design jewelry or decorative objects.
  • Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
  • Heat material or workpieces to prepare for or complete production.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Melt metal, plastic, or other materials to prepare for production.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
  • Operate grinding equipment.
  • Operate heating or drying equipment.
  • Place materials into molds.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment.
  • Repair production equipment or tools.
  • Replace worn equipment components.
  • Select production input materials.
  • Shape glass or similar materials.
  • Weigh finished products.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Structural (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Artificial Glass Eye Maker
  • Glass Bender (Fab Nec)
  • Glass Blower
  • Glass Blower, Lab Apparatus
  • Glass-Blowing-Lathe Operator

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Artificial-Glass-Eye Maker
  • Glass Bender
  • Glass Blower
  • Glass Blower, Laboratory Apparatus
  • Glass-Blowing-Lathe Operator
  • Molder
  • Scientific Glass Blower
  • Ware Finisher