If you can work at heights, have the physical stamina to lift heavy glass and detail oriented, you will enjoy a career as a glazier. As a glazier, you will cut and install glass and aluminum systems for commercial, residential and automotive applications. You will read and interpret drawings and specifications to determine the materials required, location of framing and procedures for installation.
During your career, you will measure openings for size and shape, mark and cut glass panes to fit, secure the panes in place, weatherproof joints, and assemble and install aluminum window parts; install, fit, fabricate and attach architectural metals or related substitute products in commercial and residential buildings; assemble parts of pre-fabricated glass units such as revolving doors, display cases, plate glass, shower doors, storefronts, automatic doors, skylights, sloped glazing, curtain walls, barrel vaults, solariums and other support structures; install and maintain pre-fabricated glass, mirrors or glass products on walls, ceilings, fronts of buildings, handrails and walkways; and replace safety glass, windows, windshields, and glass in furniture and other products.
This is a non-compulsory trade – individuals can work in the trade without certification if the employer deems the individual to have the skills of a journeyperson. However, individuals who are working in the trade and learning the trade must become a registered apprentice.
Start your career by finding an employer who is willing to indenture you as an apprentice. Glaziers are employed by construction companies, architects, interior design firms and glazier shops. Glaziers work in a variety of environments. Some work outdoors at construction sites, sometimes on scaffolds and swing-stages (platforms suspended from the top of high-rise buildings and other elevated surfaces). Others work in factories installing glass in wooden or metal frames, or in shops replacing glass in vehicles or furniture.
As a journeyperson, you will likely make a wage between $28 - $38 and hour depending on your employer.
After becoming a journeyperson, you may advance to supervisory positions or take on new apprentices. Some journeypersons go on to run their own businesses – we can help you build your business with our Blue Seal business certificate.
Students who have the following characteristics see greater success in the roofing trade:
- The skills to read, write and communicate verbally
- Some mathematical ability
- The physical strength and stamina requireed to work with heavy glass materials
- The ability to work at heights
- Good vision to measure, cut and see flaws in glass
- Manual dexterity
- The ability to work alone or with a team
- A commitment to safe work habits
Upon successfully completing the required working hours and technical training periods, graduates will be awarded journeyperson status by Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry Training. This is a Red Seal Endorsed trade – a recognizable standard that allows tradespeople to work across Canada.
Admission and Completion
To enter an apprenticeship, you must have the educational qualifications required or recommended education for the trade to which you apply.
Entrance Requirements are monitored and set by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.
Successful completion of the following courses:
- English 10-2
- Math 10-3
A pass mark in all five Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests
Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Entrance Exam
Apprentices with an Alberta High School Diploma that includes the following courses:
- English 30-2
- Math 30-3
- Physics 20 OR Chemistry 20 OR Science 20
- Related career and technology studies (CTS) courses
How to register
Registration for technical training is run through Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. Learn how you can register for your next intake.
After you register
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Apprentices in this trade will spend 3 years (four 12-month periods) of on-the-job training and technical training at SAIT. Technical training will be 8 weeks each year.
|Find an employer willing to indenture you as an apprentice|
|Apply as an apprentice with AIT and your employer|
|Sign contract and recieve record book|
|Written entrance examination or get approved for previous transcripts|
|Complete first period of on-the-job-training (1620 hours)|
|Register at SAIT|
|Attend first period of technical training for 6 weeks at SAIT|
|Pass first period Trade Qualification Exam|
|Complete second period of on-the-job training (1620 hours)|
|Register at SAIT|
|Attend second period of technical training for 6 weeks at SAIT|
|Pass second period Trade Qualification Exam|
|Complete third period of on-the-job training (1620 hours)|
|Register at SAIT|
|Attend third period of technical training for 6 weeks at SAIT|
|Pass third period Trade Qualification Exam|
|Complete fourth period of on-the-job training(1620 hours)|
|Register at SAIT|
|Attend fourth period of technical training for 6 weeks at SAIT|
|Pass fourth period Trade Qualification Exam|
|Become a Journeyperson|
|Write and pass the Interprovincial Qualification Exam|
Technical Training Performance
To be successful in technical training, an apprentice must pass each section of the course and pass the AIT exam. The passing grade for each section in the course is a 65%. A passing mark on each Trade Qualification Exam and the Interprovincial Qualification (or Red Seal Exam) is 70%.
Domestic tuition and fees*
|Period||Tuition fees||SAIT fees||Saitsa fees||2020/21 total|
Lab and material fee: $67.00
Student support fee: $25.00
Student technology fee: $25.00
Books and supplies*
- Books or modules along with other items for class average out to $600 per period.
- It is recommended that you do not purchase books or modules ahead of time as they might be outdated by the time you attend classes and they cannot be returned to the bookstore.
- Personal Protective Equipment will be required for the program, which may be an additional cost to apprentices.
*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
Membership to the SAIT Wellness centre - including an ice arena, swimming/diving pool, gymnasium, squash and racquetteball courts and eight room is available to apprentices at a discounted rate.
Financial planning tool
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