Architectural Glass & Metal Technician


What is a Glazier?

  • A Glazier reads and interpret blueprints and specifications to determine type and thickness of glass, frame, installation procedure and material required
  • Measure and mark glass and cut using glass cutters or computerized cutters
  • Assemble, erect and dismantle scaffolds, hoisting and rigging equipment
  • position glass panes into frames and secure glass using clips, points or mouldings
  • Assemble and install prefabricated glass, mirrors or glass products on walls, ceilings or exteriors of buildings
  • Fabricate metal frames for glass installation
  • Install pre-cut mirrors and opaque and transparent glass panels in frames to form exterior walls of buildings
  • Replace glass in furniture and other products
  • Repair and service residential windows, commercial aluminum doors and other glass supporting structures, and replace damaged glass or faulty sealant

Personal Qualities


  • You may be required to work at considerable heights
  • You will work outside at various times of the year
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You are safety conscious
  • You are in good physical condition
  • Review the Essential Skills Profile for additional qualities required

Career Oppertunities

  • Architectural Glass & Metal Technicians work for construction glass installation contractors, retail service and repair shops and glass fabrication shops
  • Many construction glass contractors employ union tradespersons
  • Some Architectural Glass & Metal Technicians have their own business
  • Architectural Glass & Metal Technician is a Red Seal Trade

Educational/Training Requirements


  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 10
  • Completion of an 8,000 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • Architectural Glass & Metal Technician is a voluntary trade

Potential Earnings


  • Apprentices progress initially from 50% to 95% of journeyperson’s wages over time
  • Journeyperson wages range from $18.00 to $40.00 an hour, plus overtime
  • Apprentices in this trade may apply for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant during the first two years of their apprenticeship

Glazier Pre Apprenticeship Program


Program Overview

 The Pre-apprenticeship program is delivered to selected participants who will be trained to enter the construction industry in the trade of Architectural Glass and Metal Technician 424A (glazier). FTI has designed the program to meet or exceed all MAESD requirements as outlined in the Pre-apprenticeship Guidelines.  Participants of the program complete hands-on and classroom training, gain safety certifications required to work in the trade, and are provided tools and protective equipment.  The final 8 weeks of the program are a paid job placement, where Pre-apprentices apply what they have learned and establish a relationship with an employer.  At the end of the paid placement, some participants can be offered employment based on their level of success in the program and the needs of the industry at the time.  

Highlights of the Program

  • Pre-apprentices are provided the required tools free of charge
  • Participants build relationships with employers during field trips and job placements
  • Participants will earn several certifications including their first of three apprenticeship levels (Basic level)

Qualifications awarded

  • Level 1 Basic apprenticeship
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
  • Working at Heights
  • Power Elevated Work Platforms
  • Ladder and Scaffold Awareness
  • Swing Stage
  • Hoisting and Rigging
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Forklift

Program participants are expected to


  • Perform physical tasks, such as carrying glass, lifting ladders etc
  • Participate in the entire program and show a commitment to their chosen trade
  • Arrive at the job site on time, consistently
  • Be teachable, willing learners
  • Wear appropriate clothing



1. Grade 10 education or equivalency as recognized in Ontario, or the assessed capacity to achieve this level by the completion of the pre-apprenticeship program;

2. Have the capacity to understand and perform the trade mathematics, trade English language, and other trade related technical academic skills:

3. Possess appropriate hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity;

4. Be physically fit sufficient to work in construction;

5. A strong commitment to complete the program;

6. Have the financial means, funding, or support (either personally or through one of the various funding/support programs) to complete the entire program;

7. Successfully complete the application process including an in-person suitability interview.

8. Possess a valid driver’s licence or be eligible to obtain one.



4 Weeks:  Trade Academic Math and English.  Calculations, metric Conversion, area, scale conversion, grammar, trade terminology

2 Weeks:  Trade Skills – Safety Training.  Occupational Health & Safety Act, Working at Heights, Power Elevated Work Platforms, Scaffold, Swing Stage, Hoisting and Rigging etc

2 Weeks:  Trade Skills – Maintenance. Use and care of tools and equipment.  Introduction to specialty large pieces of equipment.

3 Weeks:   Trade Skills – Introduction.  Preparation theory and practical for Level 1 Basic, to compensate for lack of on-the-job experience, plus Commercial Paint trade basics.

8 Weeks:   Level 1 Basic Apprenticeship Training.

2 Weeks:  Trade Skills – Supplemental. Hands-on practicum – to compensate for a lack of on-the-job experience.

2 Weeks:   Practical Experience.  The group may volunteer to undertake a project in the community or training facility.

1 Week:   Life Skills:  Interpersonal relations, resume writing, report reading, writing, understanding payroll data, health and other benefits, and understanding employment insurance, and other topics.

1 Week:     Computer Skills: Introductory PC, word processing, internet and email intro, and trade specific source data.

3 Week:   Job Site – Introduction.  Employer presentations, ICI construction sites, fabrication plant visit, major workshop familiarization.

8 Weeks:   Paid work placement.

Upcoming information and testing sessions:

Additional Information


  • Made With the Trades:

  • Ontario Construction Secretariat:

  • What is a Glazier? VIDEO

FTI Trade Summary Vid

Training Availability

Finishing Trades Institute of Ontario

130 C Toro Road

Toronto ON  M3J 2A9

Phone: 416-635-7300


199 Colonnade Rd. S.

Ottawa ON  K2E 7K3

Phone: 1-800-943-6210


Trades Math Workbook (pdf)