Glass & Glazing Tradesperson

Glass and glazing workers cut, shape and install the glass used in windows (including shopfronts), doors, walls, mirrors, display cabinets and furniture.  They can also do decorative work such as stained glass and feature mirrors.  They may perform tasks including:

  • interpreting drawings and plans or measuring the space to work out how much glass is needed;
  • cutting, drilling and notching holes in glass with diamond-tipped cutters and drills;
  • removing broken glass and mirrors and preparing surfaces for reglazing;
  • smoothing and polishing edges on a grinding or bevelling wheel;
  • fitting glass;
  • assembling and securing parts of pre-made glass units such as shop fittings, display cases and shower enclosures;
  • installing metal window and door frames into which glass panels are fitted, eg shower screens and sliding doors; and
  • making decorative edges on glass and mirrors.

Glass and glazing tradespeople travel to building sites and homes in the course of their work.  Those who work in the emergency glass repair field are required to work irregular hours and at weekends.  They have a high level of contact with the public, builders and other tradespeople.  The work falls into three areas: cutting the glass, bevelling or smoothing edges, and fitting or glazing it into the prepared openings.  Most glass and glazing tradespeople tend to specialise in one of these areas.

Flat glass tradespeople measure, cut, fit, finish and install glass in windows, doors, walls, mirrors, display cabinets and other furniture.

Glaziers/structural glass tradespeople cut, fit and install glass in windows, skylights and display units or fit to prepared surfaces such as interior walls.  This can be done in a factory if fitting glass into prefabricated products, or on-site in the case of new construction or repair.

Furniture/millworking tradespeople install glass during assembly of prefabricated wood or metal products such as doors, window sashes, partitions or cabinets.

Glass bevellers apply decorative or protective edge treatment to glass, or bevel or smooth edges of mirrors or other flat glass items, using grinding wheels or abrasive belts.  Other treatment may include drilling holes, end notching, cut outs and finger slots.

Glass cutters cut glass sheets by hand or machine to obtain sections of prescribed dimensions or shape, or to remove blemishes. 

Glass embossers engrave designs into glass by using acid, by grinding or by sandblasting.  After the design has been made, the operator removes residues, protective tapes and coatings and cleans the glass.

Glass silverers select, polish and scrub glass for mirror making.  This includes the silvering process, plus cleaning and protecting from moisture.

Leadlighters design, construct and install leadlights.

Personal Requirements

  • steady hands necessary for precise work
  • able to work at heights
  • able to calculate and measure accurately
  • good hearing for glazing work.

Education and Training

Entry to this occupation is usually through a contract of training or by completion of relevant studies.

Trainees must be employed before enrolling in TAFE trade courses.

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