Architectural Glass & Metal Technician

Certificate of Qualification 424A
“My work is steady. I can go from working on new construction and the big shiny towers, to working on someone’s home. There’s a lot of pride in that.”
An Architectural Glass & Metal Technician (also known as a Glazer) handles, measures, cuts, prepares, fits, installs, replaces and repairs all types of glass and glass substitutes, typically in commercial, residential and transportation settings. A Glazer fabricates & installs curtain wall framing, aluminum storefront frames and entrances, doors and hardware, structural silicone glazing, skylights and sloped glazing.

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Knowledge of building & construction

  • Strong Attention to detail

  • Strong communication, reading & writing, numeracy & problem-solving skills

  • Patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations

  • Manual dexterity

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma preferred (Grade 10 minimum)

Journeyperson Wage Rate:

$35.82/hr (2021 Provincial Average)

Apprenticeship Program

8000 hours of on-the-job training, supplemented by three 8-week sessions of in-class technical training.

Responsibilities

  • Measure, cut, fit, install and/or secure glass panes, window parts & architectural metals

  • Read and interpret drawings & specifications

  • Work with and install plastic, granite, aluminum panels and other similar materials used as glass substitutes

  • Work from mobile equipment, scaffolds and swing stages, sometimes at great heights, to manoeuvre glass panels that are lifted by cranes and other lifting equipment

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Employment Sectors

  • Institutional and Commercial Construction

  • New home building and renovation

  • Self employment

  • Fabrication

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Did you know?

Glass may look solid, but it’s actually called an amorphous solid, which is a state between solid and liquid. If you were to look at the molecules that make up the glass, you would see that they are in fact moving but at a very slow rate.