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Glaziers install glass in windows, skylights, and other fixtures in storefronts and buildings.Duties
Glaziers typically do the following:
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.
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:
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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Hispanic or Latino14.3%
Black or African American0.5%
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University of Phoenix11.1%
Texas State Technical College - Waco6.9%
Universal Technical Institute6.9%
Salt Lake Community College5.6%
Trident Technical College4.2%
Kansas State University4.2%
Pima Community College4.2%
Arizona State University4.2%
University of Nebraska at Omaha4.2%
Red Rocks Community College4.2%
Tarleton State University4.2%
Southwest Tennessee Community College4.2%
Weber State University4.2%
Spokane Community College2.8%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Glazier||Scenic Glass Installation Corp||Huntington Station, NY||Feb 17, 2015||$84,524|
|Glazier||Tinity III Construction Inc.||Thousand Palms, CA||Apr 27, 2016||$78,832|
|Glazier||Seoul Glass & Interior, Inc.||Jackson, NY||May 10, 2016||$61,942|
|Glaziers||Brothers Home Improvement||Long Beach, CA||Feb 28, 2008||$58,979|
|Glazier||LUSO Glass Co.||Newark, NJ||Dec 16, 2009||$58,707|
|Glazier||E. B. Pritchard Contracting Corp.||New York, NY||Jun 27, 2012||$58,261|
|Glazier||California Custom Entrance Systems, Inc.||Orange, CA||Apr 27, 2015||$58,053|
|Glaziers||Advantage Glass Co.||Manassas, VA||Dec 20, 2012||$54,579|
|Glazier||Advantage Glass Co.||VA||Jul 18, 2012||$54,579|
|Glaziers||Advantage Glass Co.||Manassas, VA||Jun 23, 2014||$54,101|
|Glazier||Empire Mirror & Glass, Ltd.||Cliffwood Beach, NJ||Feb 04, 2011||$52,562|
|Glazier||Dependable Glass & Mirror Corp.||New York, NY||Dec 27, 2016||$49,837|
|Glaziers||Sell-Mar Enterprise, Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 07, 2010||$49,566|
|Glazier||Merit Constructors||New York, NY||Jul 06, 2010||$49,566|
|Glazier||Two F Studio, Inc.||Miami, FL||Mar 15, 2016||$48,984|
|Glaziers||Two F Studio, Inc.||Miami, FL||Aug 06, 2014||$48,984|
|Glazier||Perfection In Reflection Glass and Mirror, Inc.DBA||Lynbrook, NY||Aug 29, 2008||$48,189|
|Glazier||Our Terms Fabricators||West Babylon, NY||Sep 24, 2008||$45,893|
|Glaziers||State Shore Glass LLC||Eatontown, NJ||May 13, 2014||$45,594|
|Glaziers||Seoul Glass & Interior, Inc.||Jackson, NY||Apr 03, 2008||$44,453|
|Glazier||Jeanco Glass & Storefronts, Inc.||NY||Aug 13, 2008||$44,453|
|Glazier||Jeanco Glass & Storefronts, Inc.||NY||Apr 01, 2009||$44,453|
|Glazier||Western Valley Glass||Rifle, CO||Jan 13, 2011||$38,380|
|Glazier||Wilson Glass & Mirror Inc.||Wilson, NC||Apr 13, 2011||$37,441|
|Glaziers||Advanced Windows, Inc.||Brockton, MA||Feb 01, 2011||$36,543|
|Glazier||Capitol Glass & Sash Co. Inc.||Islandia, NY||Mar 09, 2010||$35,980|
|Glaziers||Franklin Glass & Mirror Co., Inc.||Houston, TX||Mar 05, 2010||$34,373|
|Lead Glazier||Kapasi Glass Mart||Spartanburg, SC||Mar 12, 2010||$34,331|
|Lead Glazier||Kapasi Glass Mart||Spartanburg, SC||Mar 19, 2010||$34,331|
|Glazier||Alumitech Inc.||Islandia, NY||Jan 07, 2010||$33,955|
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