What does a Architectural Glass & Metal Technician (424A) do?

Sometimes referred to as Glaziers, Architectural Glass & Metal Technicians cut, fit, and install various types of glass (and sometimes plastic) in metal and wooden frames.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Laying out, fabricating, assembling, and installing frames, hardware, storefronts, wall facings, manual sliding doors, window sashes, manual and automatic door operators, suspended and stuck glass fronts, auto glass, art glass, and other special products
  • Cutting, fitting, and installing glass in wood and metal frames for windows, skylights, storefronts, and display cases; or on building fronts, interior walls, ceilings, tables, and other similar surfaces
  • Reading and interpreting design drawings, manufacturer instructions, and installation diagrams
  • Operating hoists and cranes to position glass
  • Communicating effectively with co-workers, other contractors, and supervisors

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 10 is the legal minimum, but grade 12 is usually required by employers
  • Completion of an 8,000-hour apprenticeship, including a combination of on-the-job and in-school training
  • Written examination to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Architectural Glass & Metal Technician (424A)?

  • May be independent or part of a team; usually 40 hours/week, but overtime may be required
  • Willingness to work in varied conditions
  • Specializations include auto body or refrigeration glasswork
  • Injury risk from falls, sharp tools, jagged glass
  • Often hired by construction firms, architects, interior design companies, and glazier shops

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $23.00 per hour.


Architectural Glass & Metal Technician (Glazier/Metal Mechanic) (424A)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have a valid driver’s license?
Are you able to work indoors and outdoors? Are you comfortable working at all heights?
Are you able to read blueprints and measurements accurately? Have basic math skills.
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Are you able to lift more than 50lbs? Are you able to stand or sit for long periods of time?
Are you detail-oriented and have the ability to work closely with others?
Are you reliable, a self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision? Do you have great communication skills?

If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as an Architectural Glass & Metal Technician (Glazier/Metal Mechanic) may be for you!

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