A Glazier is a construction professional who works at fabrication and installation of glass, architectural metal panel systems, aluminum curtain walls, storefronts, as well as repair and replacement of existing structures.
Glaziers participate in an apprenticeship training program before becoming a Journeyworker. The term of apprenticeship is four years of classroom training for a minimum of 144 hours a year, one day a week, in addition they work 8,000 hours of on-the-job training.
The classroom instruction consists of basic mathematics, tools and equipment, transit and leveling instruments, glass cutting, job layout, architectural metal panel systems, installation of aluminum doors and windows, sealants and substrate preparation, blue print reading as well as many different safety related subjects.
An apprentices starting wage package starts at 60% of Journeyworker wages, with incremental increases throughout the apprenticeship. An apprentice receives benefits such as health insurance, vacation fund, annuity, and a pension.
Applications are accepted Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the union hall in Des Moines Iowa.