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Install glass in windows, skylights, store fronts, and display cases, or on surfaces, such as building fronts, interior walls, ceilings, and tabletops.


  • Cut and attach mounting strips, metal or wood moldings, rubber gaskets, or metal clips to surfaces in preparation for mirror installation.
  • Secure mirrors in position, using mastic cement, putty, bolts, or screws.
  • Cut and remove broken glass prior to installing replacement glass.
  • Cut, fit, install, repair, and replace glass and glass substitutes, such as plastic and aluminum, in building interiors or exteriors and in furniture or other products.
  • Determine plumb of walls or ceilings, using plumb-lines and levels.
  • Fasten glass panes into wood sashes or frames with clips, points, or moldings, adding weather seals or putty around pane edges to seal joints.
  • Grind and polish glass, and smooth edges when necessary.
  • Measure and mark outlines or patterns on glass to indicate cutting lines.
  • Score glass with cutters' wheels, breaking off excess glass by hand or with notched tools.
  • Measure mirrors and dimensions of areas to be covered in order to determine work procedures.
  • Measure, cut, fit, and press anti-glare adhesive film to glass, or spray glass with tinting solution to prevent light glare.
  • Pack spaces between moldings and glass with glazing compounds, and trim excess material with glazing knives.
  • Prepare glass for cutting by resting it on rack edges or against cutting tables, and brushing thin layer of oil along cutting lines or dipping cutting tools in oil.
  • Read and interpret blueprints and specifications to determine size, shape, color, type, and thickness of glass, location of framing, installation procedures, and staging and scaffolding materials required.
  • Select the type and color of glass or mirror according to specifications.
  • Assemble and cement sections of stained glass together.
  • Assemble, erect, and dismantle scaffolds, rigging, and hoisting equipment.
  • Confer with customers to determine project requirements and to provide cost estimates.
  • Create patterns on glass by etching, sandblasting, or painting designs.
  • Cut, assemble, fit, and attach metal-framed glass enclosures for showers, bathtubs, display cases, skylights, solariums, and other structures.
  • Drive trucks to installation sites, and unload mirrors, glass equipment, and tools.
  • Fabricate and install metal sashes and moldings for glass installation, using aluminum or steel framing.
  • Install pre-assembled metal or wood frameworks for windows or doors to be fitted with glass panels, using hand tools.
  • Load and arrange glass and mirrors onto delivery trucks, using suction cups or cranes to lift glass.
  • Move furniture to clear work sites, and cover floors and furnishings with drop cloths.
  • Operate cranes or hoists with suction cups to lift large, heavy pieces of glass.
  • Set glass doors into frames, and bolt metal hinges, handles, locks, and other hardware to attach doors to frames and walls.


  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.


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