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This is skilled technical work in designing, fabricating, and repairing complex scientific glass apparatus used in laboratory research.

Work involves the performance of skilled technical work in designing and fabricating complex scientific glassware equipment; repairing and modifying complex glassware apparatus; soldering, brazing, and platinum welding metals used as components in glass apparatus; and consulting with research personnel in designing and fabricating glass apparatus. Work is performed under the general supervision of a technical supervisor and is reviewed through periodic conferences.


Fabricates metals used as components in glass apparatus.

Performs tasks utilizing the glassblowing lathe, cut-off wheel, annealing oven, drill press, vacuum pump, and a variety of other tools to fabricate, modify, or repair complex scientific glassware.

Consults with research personnel on design feasibility; repairs glass systems broken in laboratories.

Participates in the cleaning, maintenance, and repair of equipment and materials.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from a standard high school supplemented by vocational training in glassblowing and considerable experience related to this class of work; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Considerable knowledge of laboratory and shop techniques in scientific glassblowing.

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

Skill in the fabrication, modification, and repair of glass apparatus and related media.



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