Glazier Kaimahi Karaehe

Glaziers install or replace glass or mirrors in buildings, vehicles or boats and may create decorative glass features.

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Glaziers may do some or all of the following:

  • select, shape and cut glass or mirrors
  • remove broken glass
  • install or replace flat glass (such as windows), fittings (such as showers) or fixtures (such as splashbacks)
  • repair, install or replace windscreens in vehicles or boats
  • seal glass using putty, rubber or other sealing products
  • create decorative glass features.

Physical Requirements

Glaziers need to have strong arms and a strong back as they lift heavy sheets of glass. They also need to have steady hands.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for glaziers includes any work in the glass or building construction industries.

Personal Qualities

Glaziers need to be:

  • careful and safety-conscious
  • observant, accurate and able to follow instructions
  • practical and organised
  • honest and polite, because they often work on-site at people's homes
  • comfortable with heights
  • good at basic maths.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for glaziers includes any work in the glass or building construction industries.

Subject Recommendations

No specific secondary education is required for this job, but English, maths, science, and design and visual communication to at least NCEA Level 2 are useful.

Year 11 and 12 learners can find out more about the construction industry, and gain relevant skills, by doing a National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades (Level 1 and 2) through the BConstructive programme.

For Year 11 to 13 learners, trades academies and the STAR and Gateway programmes are good ways to gain relevant experience and skills.

These programmes may help you gain an apprenticeship, but do not reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.

Glaziers can earn around $19-$30 per hour per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Glazier are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Experienced glaziers may progress to set up their own business, or move into sales, management, or technical roles such as estimating.  

Glaziers may specialise in:

  • automotive glazing – installing glass and mirrors in vehicles and boats
  • creating decorative features such as glass walls, staircases and stained glass windows.

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