Glaziers (NOC 7292)

About this job

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.

People in these occupations:

  • are also responsible for installing metal frameworks for glass and building the walls of buildings made of suspended glass panels
  • work with pre-glazed and panelized glazing systems
  • work for construction glass installation contractors, retail service and repair shops and glass fabrication shops
  • may be self-employed
  • must be able to work both independently and in a team setting
  • should have good manual dexterity, as well as have good eyesight for measuring and examining glass for flaws
  • should be able to understand door hardware and locking/closing types and systems
  • should have mathematical ability
  • should be physically fit and able to lift heavy objects, as well as be comfortable working at heights
  • should also have a clean driving record and be able to operate and run elevated platforms and equipment
Common job titles
  • glass setter - construction
  • glazier, journeyman / journeywoman
  • glazier, leaded glass / stained glass
  • installer, glass wall / wallcovering
  • mechanic, glass and metal

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, doors and other glass supporting structures, and replace damaged glass or faulty sealant
  • may prepare cost estimates for customers or clients

Work environment

Glaziers work a standard 40-hour workweek, however, some overtime may also be required to complete projects and meet deadlines.

Work is done in a variety of indoor and outdoor environments, depending on the job. Outdoor settings may include construction sites or highrise buildings. Outdoor work may also involve working at heights on scaffolding, as well as working under various weather conditions. Indoor work is typically done when repairing or replacing glass in vehicles or furniture.

Glaziers take safety precautions since there is a risk of injury due to the use of cutting tools or from broken glass. Workers are also required to lift heavy objects, which increases the risk of back injury.

Some travel may also be required. Workers should also attend and understand safety programs related to their work.

Insights from industry

Job growth for glaziers largely depends on trends in the Construction, Manufacturing and Retail industries, where the work is mainly concentrated. Work in the Retail and Manufacturing sectors is less affected by economic cycles than in the Construction industry. Construction activity is sensitive to factors such as interest rates, population growth and the cost of materials.

Industry sources report an insufficient number of people entering this occupation, mainly due to a lack of knowledge about the job.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

With appropriate education and experience, glaziers may progress to supervisory positions, such as foreman, maintenance manager or service manager or they may start their own businesses.

Other career paths include consulting, estimating, project coordination and management, or sales with industry-related products.

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