Glass Processor
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
7d ago

Pay for glass processors varies depending on skills, experience and the type of work they do.

  • Trainee glass processors can expect to earn between the training or adult minimum wage and $19 an hour.
  • Mid-level glass processors usually earn between $19 and $23 an hour.
  • Senior glass processors, and those in specialist technical processing roles, can earn between $21 and $33 an hour.
  • Glass processors in leading hand or supervisory roles can earn between $23 and $36 an hour.
  • Glass processors can also earn overtime and allowances, such as a shift allowance, which increases their pay.

    Source : Metro Performance Glass, 2017.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Glass processors may do some or all of the following :

  • process the raw edges of glass
  • cut glass into specific shapes using hand tools or large machinery
  • cut glass to specific dimensions on an autoline cutting machine
  • toughen glass using furnace machinery
  • make double-glazed units.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Glass processors need to have :

  • knowledge of different types of glass and how to work with these
  • skill in using machinery and hand tools with precision
  • knowledge of safety procedures and health and safety regulations.
  • Chemical handling skills are an advantage, as chemicals are used in the screenprinting of glass.

    Glass processors :

  • usually work shifts, and may work overtime
  • work in large glass processing plants
  • work in conditions that can be noisy and hazardous at times.
  • Entry requirements

    To become a glass processor you need to complete an apprenticeship and gain a National Certificate in Glass Processing (Level 3).

    The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation oversees glass processing apprenticeships.

    Secondary education

    There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a glass processor. However, English, maths, design and visual communication, processing technologies, and construction and mechanical technologies are useful.

    Personal requirements

    Glass processors need to be :

  • careful and safety-conscious
  • practical, and able to follow instructions
  • computer literate, and good at basic maths.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for glass processors includes :

  • any work with glass
  • work in the building and construction industry
  • work in factories or processing plants.
  • Physical requirements

    Glass processors need to be reasonably fit and strong as they may have to lift heavy sheets of glass and spend long periods on their feet.

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