Career outlook for glazier
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would fit glass in people’s windows and doors and replace broken glass panes.
You could fit double glazing at a house, install windows at a new office development or carry out glass repairs.
You’d need to be able to follow technical drawings and plans. Accurate measurements will be important for cutting the glass to size and you’d need to work carefully and precisely.
On a glass replacement job, you would
- Select the correct glass for the job, for example safety glass to go in a shop front or security glass for a bank
- Remove the old or broken panes, using tools like suction pads (for larger pieces), chisels and pliers
- Remove the beading or putty from frames
- Fit the new glass
- Make the fitting watertight using sealants, rubber strips, or lead and aluminium flashing
You would normally use made-to-measure glass panes that have been cut to size in a workshop beforehand. You may need to make some small adjustments to shape pieces on site using diamond- or wheel-cutting tools.
As well as fitting glass, you could be involved in the manufacture of glazed units, such as timber or UPVC-framed windows and doors.
With experience, you may be able to use your skills on specialist projects, for example on churches or restoring listed buildings.
Some jobs involve working at heights from ladders, scaffolding or suspended cradles.
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