glass

Glass

Glass containers. Millions of them! They’re in every home and every supermarket the length of the country.

Careers information

What does it involve?

There is only one major supplier of glass containers in New Zealand: Owens–Illinois, the world’s largest manufacturer of glass containers. Owens-Illinois New Zealand operates from a plant in Penrose, Auckland, where it produces glass bottles and other containers for food, beer, wine, spirits and other beverages.

Owens–Illinois website

A career with Owens-Illinois is a manufacturing career – with a difference. Glass is made from silica and other ingredients that are melted to form containers, so working with glass involves some highly specialised skills.

What kind of jobs could I do?

Jobs include:

  • Glass Production Operators
  • Glass Production Technicians.

Plus there are opportunities to work in the types of roles that are common to all manufacturing processes (e.g. quality control, production management).

How could I get into the industry?

Most people who join the industry will generally already have some trade certifications (e.g. ). It is unusual to enter the industry directly from school.

How much could I earn?

Around $50,000 per year (newly qualified). This increases with experience.

Industry facts

  • 400 million glass containers produced each year
  • 90% of Owens-Illinois staff hold the Level 1 qualification
  • 40% of Owens-Illinois staff hold the Level 2 qualification
  • 158 people currently in training

How we support your industry

We partner with members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential learners, and encouraging work placements.

We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs and celebrate your learners’ success.

National qualifications

You can achieve the Level 1 to 4 national certificate qualifications through a four-year traineeship or apprentice programme.

This qualification is designed for people moving into or already employed in the glass container industry. It provides the basis for more specialised production roles in the industry.

Click here for the NZQA qualification overview.

This qualification is designed for people who want to specialise in aspects of glass making. It offers strands in batch and furnace, forming, job change, quality control and mould repair. Graduates of this qualification will be able to work under supervision as advanced operators in their particular area of specialisation.

Click here for the NZQA qualification overview.

This qualification is designed for people who want to further specialise in aspects of glass making. It offers strands in batch and furnace, forming, mould repair and quality control. Graduates of this qualification will be able to work under limited supervision in specialised aspects of glass container manufacturing.

Click here for the NZQA qualification overview.

This qualification is a technical qualification in the glass container manufacturing industry, and has similar status to traditional mechanical engineering industry trade qualifications. Graduates of this qualification will be able to take responsibility for all facets of glass container manufacturing including materials and batching, furnace operations, job changing and forming, plant services, quality control, and packaging.

Click here for the NZQA qualification overview.