How to Get Glazier Jobs

This article will provide information on what is necessary to obtain a glazier job. We'll look at what goes into this kind of work, what education is needed to become a glazier and, most importantly, how to find employment as a glazier.

Background

A glazier is a skilled worker who installs glass. This includes windows, mirrors, plate glass, sheet glass, glass brick and many other kinds of glass. The glass can be installed in both private and professional buildings including homes, offices, factories and public facilities. The job requires a lot of precise measurement and careful physical movement. The ability to understand blueprints and other design documents is necessary.

Glaziers are often union workers who enjoy good pay and benefits. There is a constant need for their services, so the position is one in steady demand.

Education and Apprenticeship

A high school degree is necessary to be considered as a glazier. A college degree is not required but can be an asset in the position. The best path to becoming a glazier is to sign up for an apprenticeship program. These programs last 3 to 5 years and combine on-the-job experience with classroom learning in a variety of subjects such as blueprint reading and glass handling. Safety education is also required because the glazier's job can be dangerous.

An apprentice glazier will often be mentored by an experienced glazier and work for about 65 percent of the standard wage. Apprenticeships are often offered through post-secondary and vocational schools. Some contractors and unions also offer apprenticeship programs. A call to the state or local employment department can usually direct you to specific programs.

Completing a recognized glazier apprenticeship will result in certification as a journey worker. Some national glazier organizations offer progressive certification as your experience grows. The National Glass Association offers three levels of certification from entry-level glazier all the way up to master glazier. As far as glazier licensing goes, as of early 2010, only Connecticut requires that glaziers have a state license, although this could change in the future.

Getting the Job

If you have just completed an apprenticeship, your mentor may already have a job waiting for you. If not, he can certainly refer you to other possible employers. Skilled trade unions are an excellent source of job opportunities and information. If you know of a local union shop, start there with a few inquiries. Chances are, they can point you in the right direction. The International Union of Allied Painters and Trades is the biggest union dealing with glazier jobs. They maintain a website with a large database of union glazier jobs that you can scan. Union glaziers are almost always paid more than non-union glaziers, but the non-union jobs may be less restrictive in some ways.

The National Glass Association is a terrific source of glazier job leads. This organization is not union affiliated and features both union and non-union jobs. You can also use standard job search engines like Indeed.com and SimplyHired.com to look for glazier jobs online. Anywhere there is major construction going on, you will find a need for experienced glaziers.