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Working As A Window Glazier

  • 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 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 Window 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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Window Glazier Demographics

Gender

Male

75.4%

Unknown

13.0%

Female

11.6%
Ethnicity

White

66.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Black or African American

10.0%

Asian

4.8%

Unknown

2.9%
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Window Glazier Education

Schools

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

8.7%

Nash Community College

8.7%

Crowder College

8.7%

Saint Louis Community College

4.3%

North Central Texas College

4.3%

Kansas State University

4.3%

Naval School of Health Sciences

4.3%

Spokane Community College

4.3%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

4.3%

Green River Community College

4.3%

Western State College of Colorado

4.3%

Rasmussen College

4.3%

Springfield Clark County Joint Vocational School

4.3%

Florida International University

4.3%

Everett Community College

4.3%

Waukesha County Technical College

4.3%

College of San Mateo

4.3%

University of Phoenix

4.3%

Delaware Area Career Center

4.3%

Baker College

4.3%
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Majors

Business

18.5%

General Studies

11.1%

Accounting

7.4%

International Business

3.7%

Political Science

3.7%

Entertainment Business

3.7%

Drafting And Design

3.7%

Computer Information Systems

3.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.7%

Precision Metal Working

3.7%

Alternative And Complementary Medicine And Medical Systems

3.7%

Geology

3.7%

Philosophy

3.7%

Surveying, Mapping, And Hydraulic Technologies

3.7%

Computer Applications

3.7%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

3.7%

Graphic Design

3.7%

Kinesiology

3.7%

Health And Wellness

3.7%

Supply Chain Management

3.7%
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Degrees

Other

45.2%

Associate

22.6%

Bachelors

19.4%

Diploma

6.5%

Certificate

6.5%
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