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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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

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


    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    • Critical Thinking

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

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.


    • 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.

    • Mathematics

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

    • 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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    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,580
    • Yearly Projected Openings 200

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    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Self Control


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