Sheet Glass Operator

Glass drawing machine operator

Glass Machinist

Glass Technician

The tasks a Machine

Man, Sheet Glass is expected to perform include:

Setting and operating the glass-drawing machine that produces continuous sheets of window glass and other flat glass

Switching on the heating apparatus in the machine to raise the temperature to the level of plastic glass to prevent breakage

Adjusting and setting in position the asbestos rollers in the machine through which the plastic glass is to pass

Starting the machine so that the plastic glass flows in from the furnace end, a series passing through of asbestos rollers on the machine which roll amorphous plastic glass into sheets of required thickness

Adjusting and regulating the speed and position of the rollers to prevent the warping and breakage of the glass sheets and to obtain glass sheets of desired thickness

Removing broken and defective portions of the rolled sheets

Cleaning and oiling the machine and carrying out running repairs

Good knowledge of operating electric kilns that heat and mould glass sheets 

Ability to setup glass and adjust the product finishing machines

Proficient in cleaning, oiling and repairing machines

Well-versed in removing the broken and defective portions of the rolled sheets

Physically fit

Manual dexterity

Clear vision

Good arm-hand steadiness

Knowledge of operating the machine to break the glass sheet at the appropriate places


Problem solving attitude

It is a field job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of the job

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours
Factories usually work for 5/6 days a week for 9/10 hours everyday. This may vary from factory to factory

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

This job is considered mildly hazardous or dangerous

Health risks may include exposure to dust, exposure to noise and heat, the repetitive motion of hands, standing for long hours, etc.

Occupational hazards may include musculoskeletal injuries, minor burns, minor cuts, visual defects, etc.

For freshers - INR 180 to INR 200 per day

For candidates with 2-4 yearsof experience or more - INR 220 to INR 380 per day

(This figure are indicative and subject to change)

Overview of the Glass & Ceramics Sector in India

The glass industry in India is quite old and well established. The first glass plant in India was set up in 1908. The glass makers employed methods such as moulding, folding, twisting, double-stripping and wire-winding to manufacture glass. It remained largely a cottage industry for a long time. In recent years, the industry has transformed and developed.

The current value of the Indian glass industry is 225 billion. The Indian glass market is set to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15% over the next three years. The glass consumption growth is expected in the construction (10%-12%), automotive (20%), consumer goods (15%-20%) and pharmaceutical (15%-18%) sectors.

About 75% of the total glass industries are concentrated in U.P, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Gujarat employs the highest number of people in the glass industry followed by Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. About 70% of the total glass production in the unorganized sector in India is contributed to by the Firozabad glass industry.

The paper estimated that the glass industry employs more than 40 lac people. The organized sector accounts for 35 lacs and unorganized sector provides direct jobs to around 5-6 lac people. A large amount of man-power is involved indirectly in the sector, most of whom are unskilled workers.

Glass manufacturing companies across India

Towns and cities across India

Will be updated

Gaurang Institute of Glass Design Technology & Information, Ahmedabad

Center for the Development of Glass Industry, Firozabad

CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Ahmedabad

Seth Ganga Sagar Jatia Polytechnic, Uttar Pradesh