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Working As A Window 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

  • $78,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Window 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 Window 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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Window Glass Installer Demographics

Gender

Male

81.0%

Unknown

12.7%

Female

6.3%
Ethnicity

White

56.3%

Hispanic or Latino

24.2%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

4.2%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0%

Window Glass Installer Education

Schools

Western Washington University

5.0%

Western Truck School

5.0%

Mount Senario College

5.0%

Mount Wachusett Community College

5.0%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

5.0%

Broward College

5.0%

Gadsden Business College

5.0%

More Tech Institute

5.0%

University of South Carolina - Aiken

5.0%

American University

5.0%

Austin Community College

5.0%

University of Phoenix

5.0%

Arizona Summit Law School

5.0%

Erie Community College

5.0%

North Central Texas College

5.0%

Oxnard College

5.0%

Florida Department of Education

5.0%

College of the Canyons

5.0%

Strayer University

5.0%

Monroe College

5.0%
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Majors

Business

9.5%

Political Science

4.8%

Law

4.8%

Dental Assisting

4.8%

Medical Assisting Services

4.8%

Public Relations

4.8%

Marketing

4.8%

Law Enforcement

4.8%

Criminal Justice

4.8%

Property Management

4.8%

Legal Support Services

4.8%

Computer Science

4.8%

Precision Metal Working

4.8%

Communication

4.8%

Mathematics

4.8%

Education

4.8%

Computer Information Systems

4.8%

Food And Nutrition

4.8%

Information Technology

4.8%

Liberal Arts

4.8%
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Degrees

Other

42.9%

Bachelors

28.6%

Associate

14.3%

Diploma

9.5%

Doctorate

4.8%
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