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This is advanced technical and supervisory work in designing, fabricating, and repairing complex scientific glassware apparatus used in laboratory teaching and research.

An employee allocated to this class of work is responsible for all operational aspects of the University Glass Shop. Work is performed under general supervision and is reviewed through conferences and by observation of results.


Supervises and participates in the design, fabrication, modification, and repair of complex scientific glassware for use in research and teaching laboratories.

Consults with research personnel in designing and fabricating scientific glass apparatus for laboratory use.

Plans, organizes, and conducts glassblowing classes for university students and research personnel.

Develops and instructs in an apprentice glassblowing program for new employees.

Uses glassblowing lathe, glass cut off wheel, annealing oven, drill press, ultra sonic glass cleaning machine, and a variety of other tools and machines.

Supervises the receiving, storing, and issuing of laboratory glass apparatus.

Fabricates metals used as components in glass apparatus or tubes such as gold, silver, nickel, brass, tungsten, and copper.

Performs related work as required.


Graduation from a standard high school and completion of an approved apprenticeship in glassblowing and thorough experience related to this class of work.

Thorough knowledge of research and glassblowing equipment.

Thorough knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions involved in glassblowing.

Thorough knowledge of laboratory and shop techniques in scientific glassblowing.

Knowledge of shop management principles and practices.

Ability to supervise the work of others.

Considerable skill in the fabrication, modification, and repair of glass apparatus and related equipment.



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