A glazier is a skilled tradesman whose profession is cutting, installing, and removing glass. People in this career pathway work with various forms of glass including laminated, tempered, reflective, and wire-embedded glass. They also work with mirrors, pre-assembled glass panels, and plastic and similar glass substitutes.

Career Details


Students in are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Identifying and using different glazing materials and coatings
  • Installing glass in storefronts, doors, windows, ceilings, and more
  • Setting up and using welding equipment to combine and cut pieces of glass
  • Reading and interpreting blueprints or specifications to determine which types of glass to use and how to install them
  • Understanding the criteria of LEED, the national green building standard, and how it relates to blueprints, windows, and types of glass
  • Creating and installing metal or glass moldings

Career Options

Most Glazing graduates work for construction contractors or glazier unions. Glaziers usually work full-time hours during normal day shifts, but many may work weekends depending on the deadlines of construction projects.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a center-based program in the Construction training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from organizations such as:

  • National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)

Students training in union-affiliated programs can earn a certificate of completion that offers apprenticeship opportunities and on-the-job experience from organizations such as:

  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC)
  • International Masonry Institute (IMI)
  • International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
  • The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
  • National Plastering Industry Joint Apprenticeship Trust Fund (NPIJATF)

Glazing Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Attention to detail
Commitment to safety
Monitoring skills