Glass Manufacturing Workers


Education and Training Requirements

High School

Many workers in glass manufacturing occupations, such as machine tenders, can be hired as inexperienced helpers and learn the skills they need on the job. A good background if you plan to work in glass manufacturing includes high school courses in shop, general mathematics, and applied sciences. A high school diploma is not required, but many employers often prefer candidates who have graduated or at least have a general equivalency diploma. 

Postsecondary Training

Apprenticeship programs are recommended for training skilled glassmaking workers. These programs combine on-the-job training with formal instruction in related fields. Some apprenticeships are sponsored and run by local joint union-employer committees or by large glass manufacturing firms. The content of the training programs may vary somewhat, but programs usually last about three years. An example is the program of the GMP Council: Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers, which involves on-the-job work experience as well as classroom study.

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

There are no certification or licensing requirements for glass manufacturing workers.

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

To obtain experience, work as a helper or apprentice in the glass manufacturing industry.

Because they work mostly with automated processes, glass manufacturing workers usually need only enough strength to lift light- or medium-weight objects. They must be able to tolerate repetitive work yet maintain careful attention to what they are doing while they oversee the operation of machines. Other important traits include good communication and interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and the ability to follow instructions.