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This is semi-skilled technical work at the apprentice level in the fabrication and repair of scientific glass apparatus.

Work involves training-type duties in the fabrication, modification, and repair of a wide variety of scientific glass apparatus. As training progresses, an incumbent participates in advising and consulting with faculty and research personnel on problems arising in the design and use of glass apparatus. Work assignments are received orally and in the form of sketches or blueprints, and are carried out with some technical independence under the direction of a journeyman glassblower. Work is reviewed through inspection and observation of results.


Fabricates a variety of glass apparatus and equipment for research and instructional purposes.

Uses special equipment for fusing, turning, cutting, bending, and calibrating glass; employs special techniques in fusing glass to metal and other materials.

Consults with journeyman glassblower on problems arising in the design and use of glass apparatus; advises on feasibility of suggested uses of glass; assists in the design of apparatus.

Develops experimental apparatus from conversations and rough sketches; repairs and modifies standard and experimental glass apparatus.

Assists in ordering equipment and materials for glassblowing shop; maintains cost accounts for individual jobs.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from a standard high school, supplemented by vocational training in glassblowing; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Some knowledge of the tools, equipment, materials, methods, and practices of the glassblowing trade.

Some knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions of the trade.

Some knowledge of the laboratory and shop techniques in scientific glassblowing.

Ability to work from oral instructions, rough sketches, and blueprints.

Ability to learn to execute precision work in glass.

Ability to diagnose problems and make constructive recommendations.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty members and research personnel.



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