Job Description:

Glaziers cut and install all types and sizes of glass, such as plate glass of all kinds and thickness’, clear and heat-absorbing window glass, obscure glass, mirrors, leaded glass panels, and insulating glass units. They fabricate and install aluminum entrances, sidelights, and show windows. They also fit and install plastic and porcelain panels in metal and wood frames.

Glaziers cut glass to the proper size or use precut glass. They put a bed of putty into a wood or metal frame or “sash” and press the glass into place, fastening it with wire clips or
triangular metal points, and then smooth
another strip of putty on the outside edges
of the glass to keep out moisture.

In addition to hand tools, such as glass cutters,
pliers and putty knives, Glaziers use
power-cutting tools, electric drills and grinders.

Working conditions:

Most Glaziers are employed by glazing contractors engaged in new construction, alteration and modernization work, or in replacement of broken glass, particularly for store windows. Others are employed in factories.


Journeymen Glaziers may be promoted to foremen, or they may go into business for themselves as glazing contractors. They may also go into the field of decorative glass.

Recommended High School Courses:

Algebra, advanced math, trigonometry, mechanical drawing.

Terms of Apprenticeship:

  • 4 years on-the-job training – 8,000 hrs.
  • 144 hrs. per year related classroom instruction
  • 1,000 hrs. probationary period

General Qualifications:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • high school diploma or GED
  • a valid license and have own transportation to and from job sites
  • a citizen of the United States
  • tested for substance abuse
  • good physical condition
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