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Glazier and Glass Worker


Starting Wage


Journey-Level Wage



Starting Wage


Journey-Level Wage


Rock-Solid Benefits

  • Retirement And Pension Funds

  • Wellness Program

  • Health Care

Career Requirements

  • Must Be 18 Years Old For Hire

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Reliable Transportation

Glaziers install aluminum metal storefronts, window frames, doors and frames for entrances, curtain walls on high-rise buildings, ribbon windows, glass and glass substitute. Glaziers also install handrails, glass, interior hollow metal, mirrors, shower doors and glass walls. As a glazier you will work at the edge of a building and at great heights. Glaziers report to job sites and work in hot and cold weather. It’s no office job.

If you choose to work as a production worker, you will spend most of your time in assembly shops.

Glassworkers know all phases of glass fabrication, including glass cutting for laminated, single and double strength, plate and rough glass. As a glass worker you operate polishing and grinding machines and handle flat and bent glass.

With today’s concern for energy savings, the glass trades are specifically focused on energy efficient retrofitting projects as well as the design and installation of energy efficient weatherization materials and solar technology in both new residential and commercial applications.


Enroll in a painting and wall covering apprenticeship through the Upper Midwest Finishing Trades Institute with IUPAT82, here.


The recommended prerequisites for high school students include construction courses, shop courses, English and math courses. General building classes will familiarize students with measuring and tools they may use or see on the job. Writing and reading fluently in English will help students succeed in following written instructions, safety warnings and communicating with clients.

Completion of high school classes does not count for hours in the apprenticeship program, but the experience and classes taken are valuable in building students skill set.


A two-year diploma is not required to qualify for a glazier or glassworker apprenticeship. However, Council on Occupational Education (COE) has programs that align with FTIUM apprenticeship requirements. Contact Recruitment Coordinator, Greg Renne at 651-379-9600 or


Candidates applying for a glazier and glassworker apprenticeship will begin by going to the union hall at 3205 Country Dr. Suite 150 Little Canada, MN 55117 or by contacting Greg Renne at 651-379-9600 or to schedule an interview.

A glazier and glassworker apprentice through FTIUM JATC Training Center is a two-to-three-year training program where apprentices earn while they learn. A glazier or glassworker apprenticeship requires the completion of 6,000 hours of on-the-job practical training as well as 144 classroom-training hours. 

When a glazier or glassworker apprentice can demonstrate competence in vital skills, the apprenticeship will be complete. Apprentices will graduate to journey-level status.


Skills needed to become a glazier or a glassworker include manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination, physical fitness, and a good sense of balance. The ability to solve arithmetic problems quickly and accurately also is required.

High school students preparing to become a glazier or glassworker should seek out part-time jobs that require being physically fit; working in teams and/or building and creating detailed projects. Construction framing jobs, team sports and landscaping work are great ways to build the skills needed for a painter or wall coverer apprenticeship.


Military members applying for a glazier or glassworker apprenticeship receive direct entry into the program by contacting Recruitment Coordinator, Greg Renne, at or at 651-379-9600. Military members can search job opportunities at

Local Offices

Little Canada

Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest

3205 Country Dr.
Little Canada, MN 55117

Drug Testing

An employer/contractor/apprenticeship instructor may require drug and alcohol testing of employees and applicants for employment, including random testing.


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