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Glazier Job Description, Career as a Glazier, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

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Education and Training: Apprenticeship

Salary: Median—$15.63 per hour

Employment Outlook: Good

Definition and Nature of the Work

Glaziers install glass. They work with sheet glass, plate glass, mirrors, and special products, such as leaded glass panels. They install sheet glass windows in private homes; plate glass in store windows, office buildings, and factories; and structural glass in building fronts, ceilings, and walls. Other glaziers work in factories installing glass in mirror frames, doors, and partitions. Glaziers also install shower and tub enclosures and automatic glass doors.

To install glass in a window, the glazier must first measure the window frame and either cut a sheet of glass to the proper size or use a piece of precut glass. The glazier then applies putty to the edges of the frame and places the glass in the frame, where it is secured with triangular points or metal clips. Finally, the glazier flattens the putty with a putty knife to seal out moisture. Structural glass is handled differently. The glazier installs it by pressing it against cement that has been applied to the backing that supports the glass. A glazier's tools include suction cups for holding glass plates, glass cutters, putty knives, power cutters, and grinders.

Education and Training Requirements

The best way to become a glazier is to complete a three-year apprenticeship program. You must have a high school diploma and be at least seventeen years old to enter the program. The apprenticeship program combines on-the-job training with at least 144 hours of classroom instruction each year.

On the job, apprentices learn to use materials and tools. In the classroom, apprentices are taught to read blueprints and job specifications, to design glass installations, and to understand the mathematics related to the trade. Because working with large pieces of glass can be dangerous, an important part of the classroom instruction focuses on safety measures and first aid. Some glaziers learn their trade by working as helpers for experienced glaziers. In small towns, painters and paper hangers sometimes learn to do glaziers' work as part of their training.

Glaziers install windows and various types of glass products including frames, doors, and partitions. (© Martha Tabor/Working Images Photographs. Reproduced by permission.)

Getting the Job

The best way to enter the trade is to apply to a local contractor or union for entry into an apprenticeship program. Another way to enter the field is to ask local glaziers about job opportunities as a helper. You can also try the Yellow Pages and the classified advertisement sections of newspapers.

Advancement Possibilities and Employment Outlook

Most glaziers are employed in the construction industry. Experienced glaziers can become supervisors or estimators. Many glaziers own their own businesses.

Glass is a favorite material of contemporary builders and architects. It is used in large buildings and skyscrapers as wall paneling. Glaziers will be needed to install this material.

About fifty thousand glaziers are employed in the construction industry in the United States. Employment opportunities are expected to grow as fast as the average for all jobs, which means that the outlook is fairly good through the year 2012. The demand for glaziers will depend on how well glass holds up, as well as the need to modernize and repair existing structures. The number of employment opportunities in the construction industry also varies with fluctuations in the economy.

Working Conditions

Because most glaziers work indoors, they seldom lose work time because of bad weather. Glaziers can be hurt by sharp glass edges and cutting tools. They risk injury from falls, because they work on scaffolds and ladders. In an effort to reduce injuries, contractors and unions stress safety methods. Glaziers generally work a standard forty-hour week. They are paid higher wages for overtime work. Many glaziers are union members.

Earnings and Benefits

The median income of glaziers in 2004 was $15.63 per hour. Union members make more—sometimes considerably more—than nonunion workers. Apprentice glaziers earn forty to fifty percent of a qualified craft worker's salary at the beginning of their training. As the training continues, apprentices receive periodic wage increases. Wages vary from one part of the country to another.

Where to Go for More Information

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
1750 New York Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 637-0700

National Glass Association
8200 Greensboro Dr., Ste. 302
McLean, VA 22102-3881
(866) 342-5642

Union workers usually receive paid holidays, life insurance, and hospitalization and pension plans. The number of vacation days they receive depends on the number of days they work each year. Other benefits are negotiated separately for each union contract.

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about 6 years ago

i want to use the information about the glazier. can you help me the author and the year

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over 5 years ago

can those of us who learned the installation outside high school and are from Ghana have the opportunity to apply?

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can those of us who learned the installation outside high school and are from Ghana have the opportunity to apply?

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over 7 years ago

good afternoon!

I am interested in taking courses glaziers, I live in mexico city and I have my own glassware, but the situation in my country is critical and I have the intention to seek a job in the U.S., I would like to take the course I need, but to the same time I need to work to support my family, I can help ustesdes tell me where the courses? and if I can work while studying, I send my summary of my work.

I have 20 years experience in the glass business, I know well the material and how it moves the market, working for 10 years in one of the largest distributors of glass in my country Mexico, where I practice what I learned at placing glass , managing large sheets of glass, glass cutting and delivering orders, I also develop in the administrative supervision of inputs and outputs of material and revision of prices of both glass and aluminum, then started my own business which was focused on placement, distribution itself is manufactured from glass and aluminum doors and windows and tempered glass, I am available to travel to Canada at the time that prompted me to develop at work, I am willing to give my best in terms of trade.

In 2009 trip to Canada and take courses first aid and bronze medal and bronze cross in Newton Wave pool in Surrey, Vancouver

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over 7 years ago

experienced glazier seeking info on how to join glaziers union in new york city,new york.

Salvatore C. Gioe
9385 S.E. 119TH STREET
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6115 SE Robinson Rd.
Belleview, FL, 34420

Commercial and residential Installation work, small and large installations
Careful and precise measurements, Familiar with allowances and deductions on stock glass orders and frame work.
Completed job’s with: Patio doors, Tub enclosures, Re-Glazes on windows, mirror and glass for custom kitchens and bathrooms.
Great communication with co workers and management.
Ability to read blue prints and elevations drawings.
Skilled at use of glass cutter, power tools and shop work and in field fabrications.
Strong work ethic and attention to details.

HWY. 42,
Summerfield, FL, 34477
JAN 2001- MAR 2006

Skilled at edge polishing, freehand pattern cuts, and clean caulking ability on glass and mirror.
Responsible for measuring and estimating on commercial and residential Jobs.
Installed Vanities, Tempered Insulated units, Plexi and laminate products.
Familiar with products by: Con Air, Vista Wall and Old castle.
Ability to measure and order stock header, Shoe and vertical frame work in metal and glass formats.
Familiar with mounting use of Tap cons, and any hardware fasteners
Experience with Shop and Field side of industry.

2530 W Dunnellon Rd,
Dunnellon, FL, 34433
JAN.2001- MAR 2006

Licensed and Insured sub contactor for mixed commercial and residential jobs on free lance basis. A frame equipped work van used on installations.
Successfully Completed Curtain wall and large scale installations.
Great communication with glass panel manufacturers of heavy glass sheets, final fabrication of glass panels completed on site.
Ability to operate scissor and boom lift.
Edge polishing, drilling and mechanical mountings of many types performed.
Responsible and team work attitude.

13595 SE 31st Ave
Summerfield, FL, 34491

Experience with Cultured marble ,man made synthetic types.
Worked with Mixing and pouring of molds for custom installations.
Produced wood templates for kitchen and bath counter tops, tubs.

41042 Grays Airport Road
Lady Lake, FL, 32159

Completed sub contacted projects on time and with clean and solid work
Ability to measure, spec and communicate with mangement on job progress.
Worked on mostly commercial accounts, small and larger scale jobs.


Ten years experience as a Glazier and general mechanic. strong work ethic and good attitude.
Family oriented and good work history with past employers
Operated my own glazier business which was Licensed and insured with fully equiped work Van.
Familiar with all power tools used in the trade, knowledge of curtain walls and commerical installtion procedures.
Careful and clean work habits.