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Glazier / Stone Cutter

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Glazier
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(thousands per year)*
€16 -  
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Entrants: Min Wage
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Last Updated: March, 2011

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Cuts and fits glass. They measure the area that needs glazing, cut or trim the glass, and then fix the glass into place.


The Work header image

Glaziers cut and fit glass and other clear materials. They may specialise in window fixing, double glazing, glass cutting, roof glazing or all of these. The glass often needs to be cut on the job.  
 
Glaziers work on a variety of buildings from houses and flats to office blocks, shop fronts and large buildings that have more window than wall. They often work at height from a ladder, suspended cradle or scaffolding.  
 
Glaziers measure the area to be glazed very carefully before ordering the type and size of glass they need. Sometimes they do the entire cutting themselves; sometimes the glass is delivered ready cut from the factory and may require only fixing or final trimming with a hand glass cutter before fitting. Some large outfits use computers to improve the layout and reduce wastage.  
 
If they are replacing broken glass, glaziers must first remove the old pieces and chip off the old putty.  
 
Fixing involves the use of different hand tools, such as glass cutters, hammers, chisels, drills, screwdrivers, putty knives and spirit levels.  
 
When fitting glass in large buildings, several glaziers may have to work together to put large, heavy panes of glass into place. They use either straps or a special lifting machine that has a suction pad to hold the glass while it is being moved.  
 
When roof glazing, glaziers bolt aluminium strips to the roof beams then fit each pane of glass between the two strips. They also make sure the roof is waterproof. Glaziers may also be required to work with plastic, granite, marble or other glass substitutes. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Read and interpret blueprints or specifications to determine size, shape, color, type, or thickness of glass, location of framing, installation procedures, or staging or scaffolding materials required.

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Determine plumb of walls or ceilings, using plumb lines and levels.

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Fabricate or install metal sashes or moldings for glass installation, using aluminum or steel framing.

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Measure mirrors and dimensions of areas to be covered to determine work procedures.

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Fasten glass panes into wood sashes or frames with clips, points, or moldings, adding weather seals or putty around pane edges to seal joints.

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Secure mirrors in position, using mastic cement, putty, bolts, or screws.

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Cut, fit, install, repair, or replace glass or glass substitutes, such as plastic or aluminum, in building interiors or exteriors or in furniture or other products.

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Cut and remove broken glass prior to installing replacement glass.

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Set glass doors into frames and bolt metal hinges, handles, locks, or other hardware to attach doors to frames and walls.

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Score glass with cutters' wheels, breaking off excess glass by hand or with notched tools.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:  Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Scheduling Work and Activities:  Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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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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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Design:  Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a glazier you will need good practical skills and be able to give care and attention to detail. You must be able to take accurate measurements and, when working on buildings under construction, you must be able to interpret drawings.  
 
You must be fit, able to carry heavy glass and able to work at height. You must be efficient and reliable as the completion of others work can depend on you.


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Organisation: Construction Industry Federation
  Address: Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6
  Tel: (01) 406 6000
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Organisation: Waterford Crystal Ltd
  Address: Kilbarry, Waterford
  Tel: (051) 332316
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