Architectural Glass and Metal Technician

TQAA, Voluntary Certified Trade, Designated Red Seal Trade


  • Read and interpret blueprints and specifications to determine type and thickness of glass, frame, installation procedure and materials required
  • Measure and mark glass and cut glass using glass cutters or computerized cutters
  • Assemble, erect and dismantle scaffolds, rigging and hoisting equipment
  • Position glass panes into frames and secure glass using clips, points or mouldings
  • Assemble and install prefabricated glass, mirrors or glass products on walls, ceilings or exteriors of buildings
  • Fabricate metal frames for glass installation
  • Install pre-cut mirrors and opaque and transparent glass panels in frames to form exterior walls of buildings
  • Replace glass in furniture and other products
  • Repair and service residential windows, commercial aluminium doors and other glass supporting structures, and replace damaged glass or faulty sealant

Personal Qualities

  • You may be required to work at considerable heights
  • You will work outside at various times of the year
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You are safety conscious
  • You are in good physical condition
  • Review the Essential Skills profile for additional qualities required

Career Opportunities

  • Glaziers and metal mechanics work for construction glass installation contractors, retail service and repair shops and glass fabrication shops
  • Many construction glass contractors employ union tradespersons
  • Some glazier and metal mechanics have their own business

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 10; however, it is recommended you complete Grade 12 with credits in Math, English, Science and Technological courses
  • Completion of a 4 year apprenticeship program at 2,000 hours per year
  • If you have completed 8,000 hours of on the job experience/training, but have not completed the apprenticeship program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification
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