Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
4d ago

Pay for glaziers varies depending on experience and where they work. Those in areas of high demand such as Auckland and Christchurch usually get paid a little more.

  • Apprentice glaziers usually start on the training rate or minimum wage, but earn more as they gain experience.
  • Qualified glaziers usually earn between $18 and $30 an hour, depending on experience.
  • Self-employed glaziers may earn more than this, depending on the success of their business.
  • Source : Trade Me Jobs, 'Salary Guide', 2016; Careers New Zealand research, 2016.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Glaziers may do some or all of the following :

  • select, shape and cut glass or mirrors
  • remove broken glass
  • install or replace flat glass (such as windows), fittings (such as showers) or fixtures (such as splashbacks)
  • repair, install or replace windscreens in vehicles or boats
  • seal glass using putty, rubber or other sealing products
  • create decorative glass features.
  • Glaziers need to have :

  • knowledge of types of glass and how to work with them
  • skill in cutting, smoothing and installing glass
  • knowledge of building standards and regulations for glaziers
  • knowledge of safety procedures, and health and safety regulations.
  • Glaziers who are self-employed also need business skills.

    Glaziers :

  • usually work regular hours, but may work overtime or be on call at night or early in the morning
  • work in workshops, on construction sites and in buildings needing window repairs
  • may have to work at heights on high-rise buildings.
  • Entry requirements

    There are no specific entry requirements to become a glazier. However, employers often prefer to employ someone with a qualification or willing to become qualified.

    To become a qualified glazier you need to complete an apprenticeship and gain a glazing qualification :

  • National Certificate in Glazing (Level 4) for manufacturing glass or installing glass in buildings
  • National Certificate in Automotive Re-glazing (Level 3) for installing or repairing glass in vehicles.
  • The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation oversees glaziers' apprenticeships.

    Secondary education

    No specific secondary education is required for this job, but NCEA Level 2 English, maths, science and design and visual communication are useful.

    Year 11 and 12 students can learn more about the construction industry, and gain relevant skills, by doing a National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades (Level 1 and 2) through the BConstructive programme.

    For Year 11 to 13 students, the Gateway programme is a good way to gain industry experience.

    These programmes may help you gain an apprenticeship, but do not reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.

    Glaziers need to be :

  • careful and safety-conscious
  • observant, accurate and able to follow instructions
  • practical and organised
  • honest and polite, because they often work on-site at people's homes
  • comfortable with heights
  • good at basic maths.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for glaziers includes any work in the glass or building construction industries.

    Physical requirements

    Glaziers need to have strong arms and a strong back as they lift heavy sheets of glass. They also need to have steady hands.

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