Glaziers specialize in installing different glass products in skylights, windows, mirrors, and other areas where glass is needed. A few glaziers also work with marble, granite, plastics, and other materials that are used as glass substitutes. The job is physically demanding and may have safety hazards like cuts from glass or tools, as well as the potential of falling from scaffolding and ladders. Most glaziers work on a full time basis.
How to become a Glazier
Glaziers usually need a high school diploma or the equivalent and it would be helpful for one interested in this career choice to take classes in math while still in school.
Typically, a glazier enters an apprenticeship program that lasts about 4 years. For every year attending, the student must complete at least 144 hours of related technical training and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. Instruction includes the use of tools and equipment of the trade and learning installation techniques, as well as, safety practices and first aid and other subjects, like math and blueprint reading. Some groups sponsor apprenticeship programs, including contractor and union associations.
The qualifications for entering these apprenticeship programs are: one must be 18 years old, hold a high school diploma or the equivalent, and be physically able to perform the job. Only two states require a license, which are Florida and Connecticut, which require applicants to complete an apprenticeship, pass an exam, and have a combination of work experience and education.
Job Description of a Glazier
Glaziers have various tasks to perform on a job with different levels of difficulty. However, they typically have the duties of following specifications for the job and reading relevant blueprints. They may need to remove old or broken glass or other materials before the installation of replacement glass. He or she must properly cut glass to the specified shape and size.
Some glaziers may need to make or install moldings or sashes for the glass installation and secure them in with clips, moldings, or other fasteners. They install weather seals or putty around pane edges to seal joints. A glazier may install shower doors, table tops, security windows, storefront windows, or many other variety of glass installations.