- On site, Hands-on, Team work, Heights, Building
- Salary Range: £16,000 - £23,000
- Nation: Scotland
Glazing is a highly skilled job that involves cutting glass and other window materials to the right size and fixing them in place.
A glazier works on a wide range of projects, from replacing a
broken piece of glass to fitting out a whole office block. As well
as fitting glass they also work in the manufacture of glazed units
like timber-framed or UPVC-framed windows and doors.
Experienced glaziers are also able to use their skills on
specialist projects, for instance on churches or other old
Glaziers work both indoors and out, often at considerable
heights so you'll need to be happy working anywhere. You'll need to
be good at Maths to take accurate measurements for glass cutting
and be able to follow drawings and plans.
As you would expect, safety is essential when working with glass
so it is also very important to have an awareness of how to work
There are no formal requirements although Maths and English
Standard Grades would help.
(This is a guide to the average salary a fully qualified and
experienced person might expect to get.)
£16,000 - £23,000
There are lots of opportunities with businesses that sell, cut
and install glass for construction companies, or with local
authorities, public organisations and shopfitting companies.
Glazing firms that specialise in conservatory construction,
glass roofing or emergency repairs for shops and offices will also
With experience, you could progress to technician or supervisor
level overseeing a team of glaziers, or move into specialist work.
You could also become self-employed and work on a sub-contract
If you decide to progress into supervisory, design or management
roles there are opportunities to study for:
- Technical, supervisory and management SVQ qualifications
(SCQF Levels 6 to11)
- HNC Construction or a number of other built environment HNC/HND
qualifications (SCQF Levels 7 or 8)
- Degree level qualifications in a number of construction
disciplines (SCQF Levels 9 to 12)