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Become A Glazier

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Working As A Glazier

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  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Make Decisions

  • $42,090

    Average Salary

What Does A Glazier 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 Glazier

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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Glazier Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    94.9%
  • Female

    4.4%
  • Unknown

    0.7%

Ethnicity

  • White

    78.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    14.3%
  • Asian

    5.5%
  • Unknown

    1.4%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    69.7%
  • French

    6.1%
  • Polish

    6.1%
  • Italian

    6.1%
  • Portuguese

    3.0%
  • Ukrainian

    3.0%
  • Russian

    3.0%
  • Cebuano

    3.0%
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Real Glazier Salaries

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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Top Skills for A Glazier

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Top Glazier Skills

  1. Window Frames
  2. Shower Doors
  3. Building Fronts
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Fabricated plastic window frames based on size and dimensions per the customer's request.
  • Install shower doors, mirrors and bathroom accessories according to specifications.
  • Install mirrors or structural glass on building fronts, walls, ceilings and tables using mastic, screws or decorative molding.
  • Fabricated and installed storefront windows.
  • Inventory control, shipping and receiving, ordering and stocking material, customer service specialist, manage warehouse personnel.

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