What do Glaziers Do?
Glaziers install glass in windows, skylights, store fronts, and display cases, or on surfaces, such as building fronts, interior walls, ceilings, and tabletops. Glaziers are employed by building material and supplies dealers, and the automotive body shop industry. This career is expected to grow by 17% in the next few years with over 1,900 jobs being created.
Glaziers Skills and Abilities
The work of glaziers requires a lot of physical movement and strength. You will need to be capable of using your arms and legs for extended periods of the day in various repetitive movements and actions. Some of the abilities you will need to have are:
- Manual Dexterity – The ability to quickly move your hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
- Multi-limb Coordination – The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down.
- Trunk Strength – The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without fatiguing.
- Arm-Hand Steadiness – The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Glaziers also need to have knowledge of building and construction materials, methods and tools for the repair of buildings or other structures. You should have an understanding of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair and maintenance. It is important to know about production and processing such as the characteristics of raw materials, quality control and cost measures, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. Glaziers do interact with customers and need to be familiar with customer service principles such as meeting standards of service and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Glaziers handle and move material as a regular part of the job, and are expected to lift, climb, and stoop. You will also be inspecting equipment for defects, and communicating with customers and co-workers frequently. Some of your specific daily tasks can include:
- Fabricate or install metal sashes or moldings for glass installation, using aluminum or steel framing.
- Cut, fit, install, repair, or replace glass or glass substitutes, such as plastic or aluminum, in building interiors or exteriors or in furniture or other products.
- Set glass doors into frames and bolt metal hinges, handles, locks, or other hardware to attach doors to frames and walls.
- Cut and remove broken glass prior to installing replacement glass.
- Secure mirrors in position, using mastic cement, putty, bolts, or screws.
- Confer with customers to determine project requirements or to provide cost estimates.
Glaziers Tools and Technology
Glaziers use special tools such as glass cutters and polishing machines as well as general tools like levels, power saws and screwdrivers. Glaziers may also use software for project management, CAD design and database entry.
Education and Training for Glaziers
To be a glazier you don’t need more education than a high school diploma or equivalent, although nearly 22% of glaziers have some college experience. What’s unique about this occupation is that you don’t need experience either; you will be apprenticed to an experienced glazier to learn your craft.
The median salary for glaziers is over $38,000, with top earners making over $76,000 and the lowest 10% making over $24,000. The lowest salaries are in the South and the highest in Hawaii, Alaska, Illinois and New Jersey.
Glaziers Jobs by Geography
The states with the highest growth in this career field are Nevada, with an astounding 77% projected increase in jobs, followed by Florida and Arizona. Most states will have at least 10% growth.