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Classification Description

This is a description of a staff position at the University of Wyoming, not a job opening announcement. Current job openings can be found at the Prospective Employees page. The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities required.

Master Scientific Glass Blower

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 6210

UW Job Family: 62

SOC Code: 51-9195

Pay Grade: 23

Date: July 01, 2008

Job Purpose:

Designs, fabricates and repairs a variety of scientific glass systems.

Minimum Qualifications


4r year course of study in a university setting with successful completion of an apprenticeship to Master Glassblower


10 years work-related experience

Required Licensure, Certification, Registration, or Other Requirements:


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Glass blowing methods, designs, and techniques.
  • Working with various glass products.
  • State and federal regulations concerning environmental, health, and safety pertaining to hazardous material usage and exposure.
  • Applicable University, state and federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Communication methods, concepts and techniques.
  • Training methods, concepts and techniques.
  • Inventory and billing methods, concepts and techniques.
  • Project management techniques and methods.
  • Purchasing and billing methods and techniques.

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Safely operate standard and specialized glassblowing tools and equipment to design, fabricate and repair glass systems.
  • Work with high vacuum systems, distillation systems and cryogenic apparatus utilizing substances such as Pyrex, quartz and various exotic glasses.
  • Have proficient hand/eye coordination and manual dexterity.
  • Adjust focus, identify and distinguish between colors, and judge distance and spatial relationships.
  • Effectively communicate with researchers to design and fabricate glass apparatus.
  • Train others in the use of various glass-working equipment.
  • Monitor project work and meet deadlines.
  • Maintain inventory, order supplies and maintain billing records.
  • Work as a team member and foster a cooperative team environment.

Characteristc Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Responsible for the fabrication and repair of complex glass systems, including high vacuum systems, distillation systems and cryogenic apparatus utilizing Pyrex, quartz and various exotic glasses.
Assist faculty, post doctorate and graduate students with design of complex scientific glass equipment and evaluate applications and fabrication techniques to determine feasibility.
Review and analyze glass engineering and research data to meet research objectives.
Maintain inventory and billing records. Monitor projects to meet completion dates. Order glass, oxygen and hydrogen supplies.

Supplemental Functions:

Train part-time employees and graduate students in the use of various glass-working equipment.
Maintain shop equipment, update operating manuals, calibrate and monitor high vacuum systems and annealing ovens.

Working Conditions:

Shop environment; routine exposure to mechanical, chemical and electrical hazards; frequently subjected to fire/heat, explosives, confined spaces and occasionally exposed to fumes and odors.

Authorized by Classification/Compensation, Human Resources

Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Participating in the University's hazardous waste minimization program is part of the job of each employee who uses (or may come in contact with) hazardous materials. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. University of Wyoming actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

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