Glazier Job Description
Glaziers install glass in store fronts, skylights, windows, display cases, and on surfaces such as ceilings, walls, building fronts, and tabletops.
Common responsibilities for glazier jobs include:
- Reading and interpreting blueprints or specifications.
- Cutting and removing broken glass.
- Installing moldings for glass installation.
- Grinding and polishing glass.
- Determining the materials required for completing a particular job.
Work Environment and Schedule
The work that glaziers do is physically demanding and sometimes dangerous. They spend nearly all of their time standing, operating machinery, and lifting heavy glass panes.
Injuries from lifting, handling sharp glass, and using sharp tools are common. There are also risks associated with working from tall heights that attribute the injuries and physical demands of the job.
Most glaziers work full time. Because they build components that are used in construction projects, they often operate on tight deadlines. To meet their deadlines, working overtime is sometimes required.
How to Become a Glazier
Most glaziers are trained on the job. They normally start their training by performing basic tasks like cleaning up in glass shops and carrying glass. While they perform these types of tasks, they get insight into how the business works, and are able to observe glaziers as they work.
These entry level training tasks normally last a few months. After initial training, trainees start practicing glass cuts on discarded glass. With time, they move onto more complicated projects and helping with the installation of windows.
Some glaziers also learn their trade through apprenticeships. Apprenticeships last three years, and require a minimum of 2,000 hours of on the job training each year, as well as 144 hours of technical training.
During an apprenticeship, apprentices learn how to operate the equipment and tools that they need to learn to perform their job. At the completion of the apprenticeship, they are considered journey workers who are capable of performing work on their own.
Connecticut requires that glaziers are licensed, but there are no licensing requirements in other states.
Becoming certified can help get a job, but is rarely required for employment. If you’re interested in pursuing a certification, the National Glass Association offers a Certified Glass Installer Technician certification.
There are currently 41,900 glaziers in the United States, with 3,340 new glazier job openings created each year.
Glazier jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.
Glazier salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most glaziers make between $29,800 – $48,500 per year, or $14.35 – $23.32 per hour.