Glass Production Machine Operators operate machines to manufacture molten glass and shape glassware products, such as containers, sheet glass, structural and stained glass, glass lenses and prisms.

Specialisations: Glass Furnace Operator, Glass Laminating Operator, Glass Maker, Glass Melt Operator, Glass Toughening Operator, Glassware Maker.

You can work as a Glass Production Machine Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A Certificate II in Manufactured Mineral Products may be useful.

Tasks

  • Sets up and operates glass-making machines to produce molten glass, and regulate temperature of molten glass.
  • Presses and blows glass into moulds to form glassware products.
  • Collects and examines samples for conformity to specifications and adjusts machine settings accordingly.

All Clay, Concrete, Glass & Stone Machine Operators

  • $1,063 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Glass Production Machine Operators

  • 1,100 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 94% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 4% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Glass Production Machine Operators (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 1,400 in 2011 to 1,100 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Glass Production Machine Operators work in Victoria and South Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Construction; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (94%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 4% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing81.8
Construction6.8
Wholesale Trade6.4
Administrative and Support Services1.8
Other Industries3.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateGlass Production Machine OperatorsAll Jobs Average
NSW25.031.6
VIC33.225.6
QLD21.020.0
SA13.17.0
WA6.210.8
TAS0.72.0
NT0.31.0
ACT0.51.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketGlass Production Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.9-5.05.0
20-246.5-9.39.3
25-3421.3-22.922.9
35-4430.5-22.022.0
45-5426.0-21.621.6
55-599.4-9.09.0
60-643.8-6.06.0
65 and Over1.6-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationGlass Production Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree6.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV30.5-21.121.1
Year 1225.0-18.118.1
Year 119.5-4.84.8
Year 10 and below21.8-12.512.5

You can work as a Glass Production Machine Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A Certificate II in Manufactured Mineral Products may be useful.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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Employers look for Clay, Concrete, Glass & Stone Machine Operators who are reliable, hardworking and can interact well with others.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and Processing

    66% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  2. Design

    64% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  3. Engineering and Technology

    62% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  4. Mechanical

    60% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  5. Education and Training

    57% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-9195.04 - Glass Blowers, Molders, Benders, and Finishers.

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  1. Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings

    100% Important

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  2. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    98% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

  3. Exposed to Contaminants

    89% Important

    How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

  4. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

    88% Important

    How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

  5. Being Exact or Accurate

    87% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-9195.04 - Glass Blowers, Molders, Benders, and Finishers.

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