Glass forming and finishing machine operators and glass cutters (NOC 9413)

About this job

Machine operators in this unit group:

  • operate multi-function process control machinery or single function machines to melt, form, cut or finish flat glass, glassware, bottles and other glass products

Glass cutters:

  • cut flat glass of various thicknesses to specified sizes and shapes by hand

These workers are employed by glass and glass products manufacturing companies.

Common job titles
  • controller, yardage
  • cutter, special glass / staple
  • gatherer
  • grinder, glassware
  • inspector, bottle
  • maker, tinted glassware


Glass process control operators:

  • operate multi-function process control machinery through control panels, computer terminals or other control systems to mix and melt raw materials
  • heat, anneal, temper or form float glass or glass products
  • coat glass with silver or other metals and materials
  • look at gauges, computer printouts and video monitors to verify specified processing conditions and make adjustments as necessary
  • maintain shift log of production and other data
  • may operate process control machinery to cut glass or assemble glass window units
  • may clean and maintain process machinery
  • may check to make sure that adequate levels of oil, soap, talc or other materials are used in machine production of glass

Glass forming machine operators:

  • set up and adjust automatic glass feeding, flowing and forming machines
  • operate and maintain machines that press or blow molten glass in moulds to form or shape containers, such as bottles, jars and drinking glasses
  • operate electric kilns that heat glass sheets and mould to the shape and curve of metal jigs
  • spray or swab moulds with oil solutions to prevent adhesion of glass
  • weigh, measure and check production samples to assess conformance to specifications using scales and gauges and by visual verification

Glass finishing machine operators:

  • set up and adjust glass and glass-product finishing machines
  • operate and maintain finishing machines to grind, drill, sand, bevel, decorate, wash or polish glass or glass products
  • inspect products for quality
  • record manufacturing information such as quantity, size and type of goods produced

Glass cutters:

  • jig and measure and mark glass or place pattern on or under glass for cutting
  • examine and mark defective glass to get best cut
  • cut glass along marked outlines or around pattern using hand tools
  • smooth rough edges using belt sander or smoothing wheels
  • set up, operate and adjust computerized or robotic glass cutting equipment
  • monitor process for product quality

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a regular controlled indoor environment.
  • Work also takes place in an indoor environment, such as a furnace room where temperatures or humidity may vary considerably.
  • Working with equipment, instruments, machinery or power/hand tools may be source of injury.
  • The workplace may contain flying glass or airborne particles that may cause injury.
  • Workers may be exposed to fire, steam or hot surfaces that can be hazardous.
  • Noise in the workplace may cause distraction or hearing loss.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Movement is possible among the various types of machine operators in this unit group.

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.