Hire a Glazier
With its many uses, glass has become part of our daily life. Glass is used on windows, shower doors, mirrors, and tabletops. Insulated glass keeps us warm on cold days and decorative glass adds beauty to spaces. Glaziers are skilled craftsmen who work with glass. Many may not know about this line of work which takes time, precision, skill, and patience.
Glaziers work in different settings like homes, industrial buildings, and commercial buildings. When looking to hire glaziers, hiring managers search for well trained individuals who enjoy creating and working with their hands. Working with glass also entails creativity and courage. Cutting, measuring, preparing, and setting up glass pieces while several floors high is the risky work glaziers undertake every day.
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Responsibilities of a Glazier
Before working on a project, glaziers consult with clients to understand their needs, read blueprints, and know the project’s timeline. They can recommend the appropriate size, cut, thickness, and color of glass as necessary. Once all the details are final, glaziers measure glass, marking them for specific patterns before cutting them to the desired size. If needed, they also fit anti-glare film onto the glass.
Glaziers are responsible for transporting glass and all necessary to the job site. Before installation, glaziers cut and remove the old glass. Depending on the job specifications, they can install a framework made of wood or glass. They carefully install glass using power tools and equipment. To lift heavy glass pieces, glaziers also operate cranes with suction cups on the job site. Finally, glaziers follow all safety standards and precautions while at work and wear the necessary personal protective gear to prevent injury.
Skills and Qualifications of a Glazier
Glazier candidates should have a high school diploma or a GED. Completion of an apprenticeship as a glazier is commonly required. As apprentices, candidates gain valuable hands-on training in handling, measuring, cutting, and installing glass from experienced glaziers. Some states require a license to practice.
Candidates must have the physical stamina and strength for the job. They should be able to sit, stand, or kneel for long periods and lift heavy pieces of glass. Good hand-eye coordination will help in cutting glass with precision. Similarly, a good sense of balance is necessary as glaziers also work on scaffolds and ladders on the job. Lastly, attention to detail, good communication, and interpersonal skills are a must.