Glass is an important part of our lives and helps make buildings bright, airy and inviting. As energy efficient glass technology has advanced and more architects are using larger and more creative glass exteriors, the need for skilled glaziers to install glass has also increased.
What is a Glazier?
A glazier, also called a glass worker, is a skilled craftsman who cuts, installs, and removes glass used in all types of construction. Glaziers may work with glass in various surfaces and settings, such as windows, doors, skylights, storefronts, and facades. Glaziers rank as #7 in best construction jobs according to US News.
Glaziers’ work is physically demanding so they must be prepared to lift heavy glass panels and work on scaffolding, sometimes at significant heights. Glaziers also spend a lot of their work day bending, kneeling, lifting, and standing during the glass installation process. While employers are under greater pressure to protect their employees by investing in glass installation safety equipment, glaziers are still at risk for injury due to the nature of their job working with heavy glass panels.
How do you become a glazier? The most important skills needed to become a glazier include manual dexterity, good eye-hand coordination, physical fitness, and a good sense of balance. The ability to solve math problems quickly and accurately is also important.
While most glaziers learn the trade through an on-the-job apprenticeship, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades also offers a 3-year training and apprenticeship program. Benefits of being an IUPAT Glazier include eligibility for health insurance, pension, representation on the job and access to continuing education.
“Apprentices must complete at least 144 hours of technical training and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training each year. Training includes the use of tools and equipment, how to handle, measure, cut and install glass, how to work with molding materials, installation techniques, basic math and blueprint reading and sketching. Connecticut and Florida are the only states that require glaziers to be state-licensed,” according to US News.
Glazier Salary and Job Growth
A glazier’s salary averages $42,580. The best-paid glaziers earned an annual wage of $81,050 in 2016. There is also an increasing demand for skilled glaziers. The Bureau of Labor’s Occupational Handbook projects an 11% rise in jobs through 2026.
As glass technology continues to advance to meet the demand for specialized safety glass and coated glass, glaziers will continue to be needed on the construction site. If you’re looking for a hands-on career with plenty of benefits, consider becoming a glazier!
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