What glaziers and glass processors do
Correctly fitting glass is essential for letting in the right amount of light, framing views correctly, and providing protection from the elements. Within the industry there are several areas of speciality:
Install glass products and related structures. Understand different types of glass, like toughened glass, solar controlled and specially coated glass and insulation systems. Install glass in timber, metal frames and PVC; or in other parts of buildings, like frameless glass shower doors and screens. Master techniques to cut irregular glass shapes on-site from working drawings.
Prepare and manufacture glass before it is delivered to site for installation. Understand different types of glass, as well as methods like:
- processing Insulating Glass Units (IGUs)
- notching glass to regular and irregular shapes
- drilling and countersinking
- manually processing toughened and heat strengthened glass
- the safe loading of glass for transportation.
Decorative glass and leadlighting
Use manual forms of glass manufacturing instead of relying on machines. Employ a keen eye for detail, patience and creativity. Understand how to fuse, stain, slump and cast glass, as well as cut irregular shapes. Master working with leadlights, including repair, deglazing and reglazing.
Glass and glazing qualifications
The BCITO manages apprenticeships for glass specialists. In your apprenticeship you will be working towards one of the following qualifications:
You'll work under an experienced glazier or glass processing manufacturer (your employer), who'll provide you with on-job coaching and support throughout your apprenticeship. You will also have the guidance of a BCITO Training Advisor.
There are no strict entry requirements, although it will help if you have good maths and English skills – you need to be able to understand instructions, and work out measurements, quantities and angles.
Your apprenticeship is the start of a professional career
Glass and glazing isn't just a job – it's a professional career. By doing an apprenticeship and getting qualified, you're setting yourself up for ongoing employment as a well-paid tradesperson. You’ll also open up opportunities to do further study in supervision or site management, go to university, or start a business and train your own apprentices.