Furnace Operator, Glass

Melter, Glass

The tasks a Furnaceman, Glass is expected to perform include:

Operating the gas, oil, coal, coke or electric furnace to melt ingredients such as sand, soda, potash, borax and broken glass for making the required type of glass articles

Feeding or directing the feeding of premixed ingredients to the furnace 

Heating the furnace and maintaining the temperature at correct level with aid of instrument controls or by sight

Checking and ensuring that the melting process of the ingredients in the furnace pot is proceeding correctly and to the required consistency

Collecting samples of the molten glass for laboratory analysis 

Maintaining a record of batches of mixture melted

Cleaning the melting pot periodically and examining furnace walls for worn spots and leaks

Knowledge of melting ingredients like sand, soda, broken glass, etc.

Proficient in operating the furnace and maintaining the temperature at the correct level

Well-versed with the melting process for different ingredients

Well-versed in maintaining the records of melted mixtures

Ability to clean the melting pot

Knowledge of skimming the surface of molten glass to remove impurities, using a rake

Knowledge of operating a particular type of furnace such as Melting Pot, Tank Regenerative or Recuperative tanks 

Working knowledge of melting glass for different types of glass material such as ordinary, optical, sheet glass or for flasks

Physically fit

Precision in work

Eye for detail

Good hand eye coordination skills

Hardworking and diligent

It is a field job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this 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 6 days a week and 8/10 hours every day. This may vary from factory to factory

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

The job is listed as hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

Occupational hazards include heat exhaustion, respiratory morbidity, ophthalmic morbidity, etc.

Health hazards include exposure to heat, skin rash, blistering, etc.

For freshers - INR 150 to INR 200 per day

For candidates with 2-4 years of experience or more - INR 200 to INR 350 per day

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Overview of the Indian Glass & Ceramic Industry

The Ceramic Industry

The ceramics industry in India came into existence about a century ago and has matured over time to form an industrial base. From traditional pottery making, the industry has evolved to find its place in the market for sophisticated insulators, and electronic and electrical items. Over the years, the industry has been modernized through new innovations in product profile, quality and design to emerge as a modern, world-class industry, ready to take on global competition.

The Indian Ceramic Industry is ranked 8th in the world and produces around 2.5% of global output. The industry provides employment to 550,000 people, of whom 50,000 are directly employed. Gujarat accounts for around 70 % of total ceramic production.

The Glass Industry

Fuelled by growth in sectors like real estate, infrastructure, retail, automotive and food & beverages, the country's glass industry will acquire a market size worth Rs 340 billion by 2015 from Rs 225 billion at present. The organized glass industry as in 2013, employs 30 lakh people directly and provides indirect employment to 5 lakh people, whereas the unorganized sector employs around 5-6 lakh people. About 75 per cent of the total glass industries are concentrated in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The highest employment in the glass industry is in Gujarat followed by Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.

Glass and ceramic factories across India

Towns and cities across India