Architectural Glass & Metal Technician

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Certificate of Qualification 424A
❝ I got the stable career I was looking for. My work is steady throughout the year as there’s always a need for repair work.❞
Architectural Glass and Metal Technicians (also known as Glaziers) cut, fit, install and replace glass in residential, commercial and industrial buildings, on exterior walls of buildings and other structures. Because glass is everywhere, there is always a need for glaziers.

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Strong communication, reading & writing skills

  • Strong numeracy & problem-solving skills

  • Physical strength, stamina & ability to lift 25 kg

  • Good eyesight

  • Manual dexterity

  • Ability to work alone or with a team

  • Ability to work at heights

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma preferred (Grade 10 minimum)

  • Math and English

Apprenticeship Program

Approximately 5-6 years, 8000 hours (minimum) on-the-job training each year, and exam. Red seal trade certificate awarded after. As an apprentice, you can earn while you learn!


  • Read and interpret drawings & specifications

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

  • Assemble pre-fabricated glass unit parts such as revolving doors, sky lights & curtain walls

  • Install and maintain glass products on walls, ceilings & handrails

  • Replace windows, windshields and glass in furniture & other products

Journeyperson Wage Rate:

$23.85 – $47.70

Start Building Your Skills

Do you have the skills to be successful in the construction building trades?

Learn how you can succeed in technical training and on the job.

Did you know?

Glass is 100% recyclable. It can be recycled endlessly without losing any quality or purity.


International Union of Painters & Allied Trades