Glaziers (NOC 7292)

Significant seasonality

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Nature of work

Glaziers cut, fit, install and replace glass in residential, commercial and industrial buildings, on exterior walls of buildings and other structures and in furniture and other products. They are employed by construction glass installation contractors, retail service and repair shops and glass fabrication shops, or they may be self-employed.

Fields of interest

  • Making or building things, constructing, doing repairs, and performing installations
  • Working for yourself
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Glaziers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Read and interpret blueprints and specifications to determine type and thickness of glass, frame, installation procedure and materials required
  • - Measure and mark glass and cut glass using glass cutters or computerized cutter
  • - Tint glass and create patterns on glass by etching, sandblasting or painting designs
  • - Assemble, erect and dismantle scaffolds, rigging and hoisting equipment
  • - Position glass panes into frames and secure glass using clips, points or mouldings
  • - Assemble and install prefabricated glass, mirrors or glass products on walls, ceilings or exteriors of building
  • - Fabricate metal frames for glass installation
  • - Install, fit, fabricate and attach architectural metals or related substitute products in commercial and residential buildings
  • - Install pre-cut mirrors and opaque and transparent glass panels in frames to form exterior walls of buildings
  • - Replace glass in furniture and other products
  • - Prepare and install skylights, showcases and aquariums and stained or other special glass in churches, museums, sports and other establishments
  • - Repair and service residential windows, commercial aluminum doors and other glass supporting structures, and replace damaged glass or faulty sealant
  • - May prepare cost estimates for customers or clients.

Main characteristics of the occupation

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Glaziers (NOC 7292)

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • * Completion of a three- or four-year apprenticeship program or A combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in glazing is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • * Trade certification for glaziers is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the territories.
  • * Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified glaziers upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Skill type

  • Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

Skill level

  • Technical

More information

  • * The Red Seal endorsement allows for interprovincial mobility. Additional information from Emploi-Québec: Under the Agreement on Internal Trade, a worker holding certification in a regulated trade has access to interprovincial labour mobility, whether or not the worker’s certification bears a Red Seal endorsement.
  • * Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Professional associations

  • Association de vitrerie et fenestration du Québec
  • 2065, rue Frank-Carrel, bureau 216
  • Québec, QC
  • G1N2G1
  • Toll free: 1-800-263-4032
  • Phone: 418-688-1256
  • Fax: 418-688-2460
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