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Career and Education Opportunities for Glaziers in Westminster, Colorado

Many educational and employment opportunities exist for glaziers in the Westminster, Colorado area. About 2,300 people are currently employed as glaziers in Colorado. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 29% to 2,970 people employed. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for glaziers are expected to grow by about 7.7%. In general, glaziers install glass in windows, skylights, and display cases, or on surfaces, such as building fronts, interior walls, and tabletops.

Glaziers earn approximately $19 hourly or $40,390 per year on average in Colorado. Nationally they average about $17 hourly or $35,580 per year. Earnings for glaziers are better than earnings in the general category of Home and Office Installation in Colorado and not quite as good as general Home and Office Installation category earnings nationally.

There are sixty-four schools of higher education in the Westminster area, including one within twenty-five miles of Westminster where you can get a degree to start your career as a glazier. Given that the most common education level for glaziers is a high school diploma or GED, you can expect to spend only a short time training to become a glazier if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Glazier

Glazier video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, glaziers install glass in windows, skylights, and display cases, or on surfaces, such as building fronts, interior walls, and tabletops.

Glaziers trim and remove broken glass before installing replacement glass. They also trim and remove glass and glass substitutes, such as plastic and aluminum, in building interiors or exteriors and in furniture or other products. Equally important, glaziers have to fasten glass panes into wood sashes or frames with clips or moldings, adding weather seals or putty around pane edges to seal joints. They are often called upon to score glass with cutters' wheels, breaking off excess glass by hand or with notched tools. They are expected to decide on plumb of walls or ceilings, using plumb-lines and levels. Finally, glaziers measure and mark outlines or patterns on glass to indicate cutting lines.

Every day, glaziers are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to see details at a very fine level of focus. It is also important that they control objects and devices with precise control.

It is important for glaziers to read and interpret blueprints and specifications to establish size and thickness of glass, location of framing and staging and scaffolding materials required. They are often called upon to load and arrange glass and mirrors onto delivery trucks, using suction cups or cranes to lift glass. They also trim and attach metal-framed glass enclosures for showers and other structures. They are sometimes expected to assemble and dismantle scaffolds, rigging, and hoisting equipment. Somewhat less frequently, glaziers are also expected to move furniture to clear work sites, and cover floors and furnishings with drop cloths.

Glaziers sometimes are asked to develop patterns on glass by etching or painting designs. They also have to be able to operate cranes or hoists with suction cups to lift large, heavy pieces of glass And finally, they sometimes have to drive trucks to installation sites, and unload mirrors, glass equipment, and tools.

Like many other jobs, glaziers must be thorough and dependable and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Westminster include:

  • Bricklayer Helper. Help brickmasons, blockmasons, or tile and marble setters by performing duties of lesser skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.
  • Carpet Installer. Lay and install carpet from rolls or blocks on floors. Install padding and trim flooring materials.
  • Cement Mason. Smooth and finish surfaces of poured concrete, such as floors, walks, or curbs using a variety of hand and power tools. Align forms for sidewalks, curbs, or gutters; patch voids; use saws to cut expansion joints.
  • Hazardous Materials Handler. Identify, remove, or dispose of hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead-based paint, waste oil, fuel, transmission fluid, radioactive materials, contaminated soil, etc. Specialized training and certification in hazardous materials handling or a confined entry permit are generally required. May operate earth-moving equipment or trucks.
  • Insulation Installer. Line and cover structures with insulating materials. May work with batt, roll, or blown insulation materials.
  • Tile Setter. Apply hard tile, marble, and wood tile to walls, floors, and roof decks.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Glazier Training

Emily Griffith Opportunity School - Denver, CO

Emily Griffith Opportunity School, 1250 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80204-2197. Emily Griffith Opportunity School is a small school located in Denver, Colorado. It is a public school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 2,148 students. Emily Griffith Opportunity School has a less than one year program in Glazier which graduated thirty-four students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Glass Installer: NGA Certification can lead to better visibility, opportunities, and jobs.

For more information, see the National Glass Association website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Westminster, Colorado

Westminster, Colorado
Westminster, Colorado photo by Nyttend

Westminster is located in Adams County, Colorado. It has a population of over 107,056, which has grown by 6.1% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Westminster, 96, is near the national average. New single-family homes in Westminster are valued at $376,500 on average, which is far greater than the state average. In 2008, sixty-two new homes were built in Westminster, down from one hundred forty-six the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Westminster are health care, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is construction, professional, scientific, and technical services, and computer and electronic products. The average travel time to work is about 27 minutes. More than 31.3% of Westminster residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 9.3%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Westminster is 6.2%, which is less than Colorado's average of 6.6%.

The percentage of Westminster residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 30.4%, is less than both the national and state average. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Lutheran Church.

Westminster is home to the The Golf Courses at Hyland Hills and the The Plaza at Westminster. Visitors to Westminster can choose from Comfort Suites, LA Quinta - Inns- Westminster Mall and Doubletree Hotel Denver Boulder for temporary stays in the area.