In Summary - Glazier / Stone Cutter
Glazier / Stone Cutters typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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The Work - Glazier / Stone Cutter
Glaziers cut and fit glass and other clear materials. They may specialise in window fixing, double glazing, glass cutting, roof glazing or all of these. The glass often needs to be cut on the job.
Glaziers work on a variety of buildings from houses and flats to office blocks, shop fronts and large buildings that have more window than wall. They often work at height from a ladder, suspended cradle or scaffolding.
Glaziers measure the area to be glazed very carefully before ordering the type and size of glass they need. Sometimes they do the entire cutting themselves; sometimes the glass is delivered ready cut from the factory and may require only fixing or final trimming with a hand glass cutter before fitting. Some large outfits use computers to improve the layout and reduce wastage.
If they are replacing broken glass, glaziers must first remove the old pieces and chip off the old putty.
Fixing involves the use of different hand tools, such as glass cutters, hammers, chisels, drills, screwdrivers, putty knives and spirit levels.
When fitting glass in large buildings, several glaziers may have to work together to put large, heavy panes of glass into place. They use either straps or a special lifting machine that has a suction pad to hold the glass while it is being moved.
When roof glazing, glaziers bolt aluminium strips to the roof beams then fit each pane of glass between the two strips. They also make sure the roof is waterproof. Glaziers may also be required to work with plastic, granite, marble or other glass substitutes.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Read and interpret blueprints or specifications to determine size, shape, color, type, or thickness of glass, location of framing, installation procedures, or staging or scaffolding materials required.
- Determine plumb of walls or ceilings, using plumb lines and levels.
- Fabricate or install metal sashes or moldings for glass installation, using aluminum or steel framing.
- Measure mirrors and dimensions of areas to be covered to determine work procedures.
- Fasten glass panes into wood sashes or frames with clips, points, or moldings, adding weather seals or putty around pane edges to seal joints.
- Secure mirrors in position, using mastic cement, putty, bolts, or screws.
- Cut, fit, install, repair, or replace glass or glass substitutes, such as plastic or aluminum, in building interiors or exteriors or in furniture or other products.
- Cut and remove broken glass prior to installing replacement glass.
- Set glass doors into frames and bolt metal hinges, handles, locks, or other hardware to attach doors to frames and walls.
- Score glass with cutters' wheels, breaking off excess glass by hand or with notched tools.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Interests - Glazier / Stone Cutter
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
As a glazier you will need good practical skills and be able to give care and attention to detail. You must be able to take accurate measurements and, when working on buildings under construction, you must be able to interpret drawings.
You must be fit, able to carry heavy glass and able to work at height. You must be efficient and reliable as the completion of others work can depend on you.
Entry Requirements - Glazier / Stone Cutter
Pay & Salary - Glazier / Stone Cutter
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 18k - 34k
Last Updated: March, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Labour Market Updates - Glazier / Stone Cutter
Growth in employment (+11%) has been driven by commercial sector activity with employment growing strongly since 2014.
National Skills Bulletin 2018