What does a glazier do?
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 could also 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.
What do I need to do to become a glazier?
You don’t always need formal qualifications to become a glazier but employers usually want you to have some on-site experience. If you have not worked in construction before, you could look for a job as a glazier's assistant or labourer. Once you’re working, your employer may be willing to offer you glazing training.
You may be able to start in this career through a construction apprenticeship.
- Construction apprenticeship
Where to find out more
Where could I be working?
Some jobs involve working at heights from ladders, scaffolding or suspended cradles.