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Working As A Glass Installer

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $35,040

    Average Salary

What Does A Glass Installer Do

Glaziers install glass in windows, skylights, and other fixtures in storefronts and buildings.

Duties

Glaziers typically do the following:

  • Follow blueprints or specifications
  • Remove any old or broken glass before installing replacement glass
  • Cut glass to the specified size and shape
  • Make or install sashes or moldings for glass installation
  • Fasten glass into sashes or frames with clips, moldings, or other types of fasteners
  • Add weather seal or putty around pane edges to seal joints

Glass has many uses in everyday life. For example, insulated and specially treated glass keeps in warm or cool air and controls sound and condensation. Tempered and laminated glass makes doors and windows more secure by making them less prone to breaking. The use of large windows, glass doors, and skylights makes buildings bright, airy, and inviting. Glaziers specialize in installing these different glass products.

In homes, glaziers install or replace windows, mirrors, shower doors, and bathtub enclosures. They fit glass for tabletops and display cases. On commercial interior projects, glaziers install items such as heavy, often etched, decorative room dividers or security windows. Glazing projects also may involve exterior work such as replacing storefront windows for supermarkets, auto dealerships, banks, and many other establishments.

For most large-scale construction jobs, glass is precut and mounted into frames at a factory or a contractor’s shop. The finished glass arrives at the jobsite ready for glaziers to position and secure into place. Using cranes or hoists with suction cups, workers lift large, heavy pieces of glass for installation. In cases where the glass is not secure inside the frame, glaziers may attach steel and aluminum sashes or frames to the building, and then secure the glass with clips, moldings, or other types of fasteners. 

Many windows are now being covered with laminates—a thin film or coating placed over the glass. These coatings provide additional durability, security, and can add color or tint to interior and exterior glass. The laminate also provides safety benefits by making glass less prone to shattering, which makes it ideal for commercial use in areas prone to high winds.

A few glaziers work with plastics, granite, marble, and other materials used as glass substitutes.

Workers who replace and repair glass in motor vehicles are covered in the automotive body and glass repairers profile.

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How To Become A Glass Installer

Glaziers typically enter the occupation with a high school diploma and learn their trade through an apprenticeship.

Education

Glaziers typically enter the occupation with a high school diploma or equivalent. High school courses in math are considered useful.

Training

The typical training for glaziers is a 4-year apprenticeship. Each year, apprentices must have at least 144 hours of related technical training and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. On the job, they learn to use the tools and equipment of the trade; handle, measure, cut, and install glass and metal framing; cut and fit moldings; and install and balance glass doors. Technical training includes learning different installation techniques, as well as basic mathematics, blueprint reading and sketching, general construction techniques, safety practices, and first aid.

After completing an apprenticeship program, glaziers are considered to be journey workers who may do tasks on their own. 

A few groups sponsor apprenticeship programs, including several union and contractor associations. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans. The basic qualifications to enter an apprenticeship program are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school education or equivalent
  • Physically able to perform the work
Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Connecticut and Florida are the only two states to require glaziers to have a license. Licensure requirements include passing a test, completing an apprenticeship, and possessing a combination of education and work experience.

Important Qualities

Balance. Glaziers need a good sense of balance while working on ladders and scaffolding to minimize the risk of falling.

Hand-eye coordination. Glaziers must be able to cut glass precisely. As a result, a steady hand is needed to cut the correct size and shape in the field.

Physical stamina. Glaziers must be on their feet and move heavy pieces of glass most of the day. They need to be able to hold glass in place until it can be fully secured.

Physical strength. Glaziers must often lift heavy pieces of glass for hanging. Physical strength, therefore, is important for the occupation.

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Glass Installer Demographics

Gender

Male

95.0%

Female

4.0%

Unknown

1.0%
Ethnicity

White

77.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

1.1%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

90.9%

Italian

4.5%

Japanese

4.5%

Glass Installer Education

Schools

Sampson Community College

7.0%

University of Phoenix

7.0%

Rock Valley College

7.0%

Chippewa Valley Technical College

4.7%

Baton Rouge Community College

4.7%

Lincoln Technical Institute

4.7%

Daytona State College

4.7%

Arizona State University

4.7%

Enterprise State Community College

4.7%

Casper College

4.7%

Full Sail University

4.7%

Union County College

4.7%

East Central Community College

4.7%

Sierra College

4.7%

University of Central Oklahoma

4.7%

Texas State Technical College - Waco

4.7%

Brookdale Community College

4.7%

Lower Columbia College

4.7%

Northwest Florida State College

4.7%

Metropolitan Community College

4.7%
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Majors

Business

23.1%

General Studies

11.5%

Automotive Technology

9.6%

Precision Metal Working

9.1%

Criminal Justice

6.7%

Computer Science

4.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.8%

Education

3.8%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.8%

Psychology

3.4%

Industrial Technology

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.9%

Apparel And Textiles

2.4%

Kinesiology

2.4%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Biology

1.9%

International Business

1.4%

Culinary Arts

1.4%

Management

1.4%

Communication

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

49.5%

Bachelors

17.7%

Associate

15.3%

Certificate

10.1%

Diploma

4.3%

Masters

2.1%

License

0.9%
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Top Skills for A Glass Installer

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Top Glass Installer Skills

  1. Window Glass
  2. Windshield Wipers
  3. Shower Doors
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Replaced foreign and domestic windshields, door glass, vent glass, and rear window glass.
  • Installed and replaced glass on vehicles and buildings Replace all moldings, clips and windshield wipers, screws and bolts.
  • Installed mirror, shower doors, medicine cabinets, and bi folds for tubs, and windows.
  • Gained customer service and communication skills.
  • Worked with commercial and residential installing new and broken windows and glass doors.

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