Glaziers cut and install all types and sizes of glass such as plate glass, custom glass, window glass, obscure glass, mirrors and leaded glass panels and curtain wall. They also fit and install aluminum entrances, sidelights and show windows, as well as plastic and porcelain panels in metal and wood frames.

What a glazier does

Glaziers today do a multitude of different duties, from windshields to mirrors, installing all types of aluminum store fronts to multi-story curtain walls, installation of panic hardware, closers, locks and anything to do with aluminum doors. You will learn to cut and install all types of glass, including shower doors and glass handrails. Basically anything related to glass and aluminum frames.

Working conditions

Glaziers often work outdoors, sometimes in inclement weather. Their work can, at times, result in injuries as they work with sharp tools and may need to remove broken glass. They must be prepared to lift heavy glass panels and work on scaffolding, sometimes at great heights. Glaziers do a considerable amount of bending, kneeling, lifting and standing during the installation process.

General qualifications

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Good physical condition – Must be able to perform work of the trade.

Admission requirements

  • Must meet minimum qualifications for application.
  • Must submit a completed application and a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and a good driving record.
  • Initiation fee is required.

Terms of apprenticeship training

  • Length of program – 4 years.
  • Related training – Minimum of 144 hours of classroom instruction and 1,500 work hours a year.

Recommended high school courses

  • General mathematics, along with algebra.
  • Drafting or mechanical drawing.
  • General science.