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Glazier

Glaziers install and repair glass in houses, hotels, offices and shops.

Potential salary
£12,000 to £27,000
Working hours
43 to 45 a week
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • persistence and determination
  • knowledge of maths
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • choosing glass for the job
  • removing broken panes, beading and putty
  • working out how much glass is needed for each job
  • fitting new glass and making sure the sealing is watertight
  • shaping glass using diamond or wheel-cutting tools
  • making decorative glass panels or double glazing units

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

You could work at a client's home or at a client's business.

Your working environment may be at height.

With experience, you could work on specialist projects, like restoration work on churches or listed buildings.

Other options include moving into site management, estimating or glass product design.

You could also work in the automotive industry, repairing and replacing windscreens on vehicles.

You can find out more about becoming a glazier from Go Construct.

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