What do they do?
Glaziers cut, fit, install and replace glass in residential, commercial and industrial buildings, on exterior walls of buildings and other structures and in furniture and other products.
They are employed by construction glass installation contractors, retail service and repair shops and glass fabrication shops, or they may be self-employed.
Example Titles glazier and metal mechanic glazier apprentice plate glass installer stained glass glazier structural glass glazier.
Main duties Glaziers perform some or all of the following duties:
Read and interpret blueprints and specifications to determine type and thickness of glass, frame, installation procedure and materials required
Measure and mark glass and cut glass using glass cutters or computerized cutter
Tint glass and create patterns on glass by etching, sandblasting or painting designs
Assemble, erect and dismantle scaffolds, rigging and hoisting equipment
Position glass panes into frames and secure glass using clips, points or mouldings
Assemble and install prefabricated glass, mirrors or glass products on walls, ceilings or exteriors of building
Fabricate metal frames for glass installation Install, fit, fabricate and attach architectural metals or related substitute products in commercial and residential buildings
Install pre-cut mirrors and opaque and transparent glass panels in frames to form exterior walls of buildings
Replace glass in furniture and other products
Prepare and install skylights, showcases and aquariums and stained or other special glass in churches, museums, sports and other establishments
Repair and service residential windows, commercial aluminum doors and other glass supporting structures, and replace damaged glass or faulty sealant
May prepare cost estimates for customers or clients.
Completion of secondary school is usually required.
Completion of a three- or four-year apprenticeship program or
A combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in glazing is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
Trade certification for glaziers is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the territories.
Additional information for Glass workers can be found on the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship website.