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Career and Education Opportunities for Glaziers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Glaziers can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. About 690 people are currently employed as glaziers in Wisconsin. By 2016, this is expected to grow 9% to about 750 people employed. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for glaziers are expected to grow by about 7.7%. Glaziers generally install glass in windows, skylights, and display cases, or on surfaces, such as building fronts, interior walls, and tabletops.

Glaziers earn approximately $20 per hour or $41,970 annually on average in Wisconsin. Nationally they average about $17 per hour or $35,580 per year. Compared with people working in the overall category of Home and Office Installation, people working as glaziers in Wisconsin earn more. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Home and Office Installation nationally.

The Milwaukee area is home to thirty-nine schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of Milwaukee where you can get a degree as a glazier. Glaziers usually hold a high school diploma or GED, so 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 Milwaukee 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.
  • 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.
  • Roofer. Cover roofs of structures with shingles, slate, and related materials. May spray roofs, sidings, and walls with material to bind, seal, or soundproof sections of structures.
  • Tile Setter. Apply hard tile, marble, and wood tile to walls, floors, and roof decks.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Glazier Training

Milwaukee Area Technical College - Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee Area Technical College, 700 W State St, Milwaukee, WI 53233-1443. Milwaukee Area Technical College is a large college located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 18,780 students and an admission rate of 54%. Milwaukee Area Technical College has a less than one year program in Glazier.

CERTIFICATIONS

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

For more information, see the National Glass Association website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin photo by Towpilot

Milwaukee is located in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. It has a population of over 604,477, which has grown by 1.3% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Milwaukee, 87, is well below the national average. New single-family homes in Milwaukee cost $167,400 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, ninety-six new homes were built in Milwaukee, down from one hundred sixty-seven the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Milwaukee are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is administrative and support and waste management services, construction, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 18.3% of Milwaukee residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.0%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Milwaukee is 10.6%, which is greater than Wisconsin's average of 7.7%.

The percentage of Milwaukee residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 47.5%, is less than both the national and state average. Church of the Epiphany, Saint Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church and German Full Gospel Church are among the churches located in Milwaukee. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Milwaukee is home to the Caroline Hall and the Wood as well as Cannon Park and Fifth Ward Playground. Shopping malls in the area include Juneau Village Shopping Center, Times Square Shopping Center and Grand Avenue Mall Shopping Center. Visitors to Milwaukee can choose from Edge-O-Town Motel, Manor House Hotel and Days Inn West Allis for temporary stays in the area.