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This is supervisory and skilled technical work at the journeyman level in the fabrication and repair of scientific glass apparatus.

Work involves responsibility for the operation of a glassblowing unit engaged in the repair of a wide variety of scientific glass apparatus. Work includes 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 blue prints and are carried out with technical independence under the administrative direction of a superior. Work is reviewed through inspection and observation of results. Supervision is exercised over skilled, semiskilled, and clerical personnel.


Supervises and participates in the fabrication of a variety of glass apparatus and equipment for research and instructional purposes.

Conducts classroom demonstrations and gives lectures on glassblowing and design.

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

Supervises and trains glassblowing personnel in the molding of glass, pyrex, and quartz.

Does tooling of glass.

Consults with faculty and research staff on problems arising in the design and use of glass and plastic 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 experimental glass apparatus.

Orders equipment and materials for glassblowing shop; maintains cost accounts for individual jobs.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from a standard high school or vocational school, supplemented by formal training in glassblowing; and considerable experience in glassblowing, including experience in the construction of scientific apparatus; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

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

Thorough knowledge of the techniques involved in working with flint, lead, quartz, pyrex, and vycor glass.

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

Thorough knowledge of laboratory and shop techniques in scientific glassblowing.

Ability to work from oral instructions, rough sketches, and blue prints.

Ability to execute precision work in glass.

Ability to train and supervise apprentices and students in glassblowing techniques.

Ability to diagnose problems and make constructive recommendations.

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

Skill in the fabrication, modification, and repair of glass laboratory equipment.



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