Glaziers are responsible for glass installation, cutting, assembling, and fitting metal-framed glass enclosures. They are also in charge of driving vehicles to installation sites, unloading material, fabricating and installing framework, and loading and arranging glass onto vehicles. These professionals clear work space of furniture and cover floors, as well as operate cranes and hoists. Other tasks performed by glaziers include setting glass into frames, attaching mountain strips, recording measurements, following blueprints, and grinding and polishing glass. Additionally, they set molds, create patterns on glass, and consult with clients.
Glaziers work indoors and outdoors and are employed by a wide range of companies. Glaziers may work alone or with other glaziers, and they must interact regularly with their clients, who may range from homeowners to large companies. It is most common for glaziers to work during the day; however, if they are working inside, they may work at night. Hours vary by company, but full-time positions are common.
Generally, two or more years of experience as a glazier is the minimum requirement for this position. Typical skills required of glaziers include physical strength, coordination, knowledge of installation procedures, and the ability to take measurements. Glaziers should also be creative and have excellent problem-solving abilities, as well as be proficient with tools of the trade. They must be able to handle and move equipment, operate vehicles and machinery, and communicate well with others.
Remove old or broken windows and evaluate site for the best type of glass for the location.
Use adhesives, gaskets, and caulks to hang windows and seal them.
Measure, cut, grind, polish, and ready glass for installation.
Use tools and equipment to transport, handle, and place glass into final location.