The average salary of a(n) Scientific Glassblower in the United States is $62,814.
Fabricates, alters, and repairs glass products, using variety of machines and tools, and gives technical advice to scientific and engineering staff on function, properties, and proposed design of products, applying knowledge of glass technology. Creates more difficult products using precision equipment as skills improve. Confers with scientific or engineering personnel to exchange information and suggests design modifications regarding proposed glass apparatus, such as distillation and high-vacuum systems. Cuts glass tubing of specified type, using cutting tools, such as glass saw and hot-wire cutter. Heats glass tubing until pliable, using gas torch, and blows, bends, and shapes tubing to specified form, using blow hose, hand tools, and manual pressure. Performs finishing operations to fabricate glass product or section, using machines and equipment, such as lapping and polishing wheels, spot-welding and sandblasting machines, internal-plating equipment, and drill presses. Measures products to verify dimensions, using optical scanner, micrometers, and calipers, and examines glass coloration for degree of internal stress, using polariscope, to determine annealing requirements. Anneals products, using annealing oven. Joins and seals subassemblies to assemble finished product, using gas torch, hand tools, and vacuum pump. May operate special equipment, such as radio-frequency fusing machine, to bond glass to metal, quartz, and ceramic materials. May identify glass of unknown composition by heating with gas torch and evaluating curvature, bondability, and color characteristics. May direct and train Glassblowers. May design fixtures for use in production of prototype glass products and prepare sketches for machine-shop personnel. May prepare cost estimates for prototype glass products. May requisition or recommend purchase of materials, tools, and equipment. May specialize in specific types of glass scientific apparatus and have knowledge of effects of special environments on glass, such as radioactivity, vacuums, gases, chemicals, and electricity. Less
Fabricates, alters, and repairs glass products, using variety of machines and tools, and gives technical advice to scientific and engineering staff on function, properties, and proposed design of products, applying knowledge of glass technology. Creates more difficult products using precision... More