Nature of the Job:
Glaziers cut, install and replace glass and aluminum panes in commercial and industrial sectors and in building and renovation of new homes.
On a typical glass replacement job, you would:
- Estimate the cost of the glass needed.
- Read and interpret blueprints, manufacturers’ instruction as well as the installation diagram.
- Choose which glass is appropriate for use whether for shop front or toughened glass for bank security.
- Measure, cut, as well as tint, the glass according to sizes to be installed.
- Replace old and broken panels.
- Clean the frame before replacing the glass.
- Fit the new glass and assure that it is waterproof.
Education and Training Requirements:
- At least High School Diploma or Vocational Diploma/Short Course Certificate
- With at least 2 years work experience in residential and high rise buildings
- Can communicate well in English
Skills and Competency Requirements:
- Can read and understand blueprints and other construction plans.
- Excellent mathematical skills.
- Wide knowledge in safety measures at worksite.
- Can work individually and as part of the team
- Physically fit
- Knowledge in color combination
Glazier may works in an indoor or outdoor setting. Their job is stable since there is a need for a regular repair of the glass. He can work in glass installation contractors, repair and glass fabrication shops, and interior design and architectural firms. Like other construction jobs, glazier also requires physical stamina since you will need to lift heavy glass and work at heights.
You can find work as a glazier with firms that sell, cut and install glass for construction companies, and with local authorities, public organizations and shop fitting companies. You could also work for glazing firms that specialize in conservatory construction, glass roofing or emergency repairs for shops and offices.
Glaziers normally work 8 hours a day, and sometimes need to work out-of-hours for emergency replacement of broken glass. Like other construction jobs, you will also have peak periods that would entail you to work overtime.
Experienced glazier can move to technician or supervisor level that would manage a team of glaziers. You can also work for an automotive industry, repairing and replacing windscreens of vehicles. You may also opt to become self-employed.