Architectural Glass & Metal Technician

Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act (Voluntary Trade)


  • Read and interpret blueprints and specifications to determine type and thickness of glass, frame, installation procedure and material required
  • Measure and mark glass and cut using glass cutters or computerized cutters
  • Assemble, erect and dismantle scaffolds, hoisting and rigging 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 aluminum 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

  • Architectural Glass & Metal Technicians work for construction glass installation contractors, retail service and repair shops and glass fabrication shops
  • Many construction glass contractors employ union tradespersons
  • Some Architectural Glass & Metal Technicians have their own business
  • Architectural Glass & Metal Technician is a Red Seal Trade

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 10
  • Completion of an 8,000 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • Architectural Glass & Metal Technician is a voluntary trade

 Training Availability

Ontario Industrial & Finishing Skills Centre

130 Toro Road

Toronto ON  M3J 3M9

Phone: 416-635-7300


199 Colonnade Rd. S.

Ottawa ON  K2E 7K3

Phone: 1-800-943-6210

Potential Earnings

  • Apprentices progress initially from 50% to 95% of journeyperson’s wages over time
  • Journeyperson wages range from $16.00 to $31.00 an hour, plus overtime
  • Apprentices in this trade may apply for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant during the first two years of their apprenticeship

 Prospects for Employment

  • Employment is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations
  • Employment opportunities are linked to the economy and are somewhat cyclical
  • Employers who register apprentices in the trade may apply for the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit and also the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit

Additional Information

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