Glass and Glazing Careers
Correctly fitting glass is essential for letting in the right amount of light, framing views correctly, and providing protection from the elements. Within the industry there are three areas to specialise in:
Install glass products and related structures. Understand different types of glass, like toughened glass, solar controlled and specially coated glass and insulation systems. Install glass in timber, metal and PVC frames; or in other parts of buildings, like frameless glass shower doors and screens. Master techniques to cut irregular glass shapes on-site from working drawings.
Prepare and process glass before it is delivered to site for installation. Understand different types of glass, as well as methods like:
- processing Insulating Glass Units (IGUs)
- notching glass to regular and irregular shapes
- drilling and countersinking
- manually processing toughened and heat strengthened glass
- the safe loading of glass for transportation.
Glass and glazing qualifications
The BCITO (Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation) manages apprenticeships for glass specialists. More information can be found here