Glazier and Metal Mechanic

Architectural Glass and Metal Technician Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act
Voluntary Trade
Designated Red Seal Trade Trade Code 424A
NOC 7292


  • Read and interpret blueprints and specifications to determine type and thickness of glass, frame, installation procedure and materials required
  • Measure and mark glass and cut glass using glass cutters or computerized cutters
  • Assemble, erect and dismantle scaffolds, rigging and hoisting equipment
  • Position glass panes into frames and secure glass using clips, points or mouldings
  • Assemble and install prefabricated glass, mirrors or glass products on walls, ceilings or exteriors of buildings
  • Fabricate metal frames for glass installation
  • Install pre-cut mirrors and opaque and transparent glass panels in frames to form exterior walls of buildings
  • Replace glass in furniture and other products
  • Repair and service residential windows, commercial aluminium doors and other glass supporting structures, and replace damaged glass or faulty sealant

Personal Qualities

  • You may be required to work at considerable heights
  • You will work outside at various times of the year
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You are safety conscious
  • You are in good physical condition
  • Review the Essential Skills profile for additional qualities required

Career Opportunities

  • Glaziers and metal mechanics work for construction glass installation contractors, retail service and repair shops and glass fabrication shops
  • Many construction glass contractors employ union tradespersons
  • Some glazier and metal mechanics have their own business

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 10; however, it is recommended you complete Grade 12 with credits in Math, English, Science and Technological courses
  • Completion of a 4 year apprenticeship program at 2,000 hours per year
  • If you have completed 8,000 hours of on the job experience/training, but have not completed the apprenticeship program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification

Training Availability

Apprenticeship Training

Ontario Industrial Finishing Skills Centre
130 Toro Road
Toronto ON M3J 3M9

Potential Earnings

  • Apprentices start according to individual company rates and progress along the company’s wage scale
  • Wages 1 for junior apprentices range from $13.00 – $16.00 and $29.00 – $34.00 an hour for journeypeople, excluding overtime.

Prospects For Employment

  • Ratio for journeyperson/apprentice is 1:1 or 2:1
  • Employment 1 is expected to be balanced through 2019
  • Employment opportunities are linked to the economy and are somewhat cyclical

Financial Incentives

  • Employers who employ first, second and third year apprentices can apply for the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit
  • Employers who employ first and second year apprentices can apply for the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit
  • Apprentices are able to apply for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant
  • Apprentices may also be able to apply for the Tradesperson’s Tools tax Deduction
  • Apprentices who complete their apprenticeship and earn their Certificate of Qualification are eligible for the Apprenticeship Completion Grant