Careers In Construction

Glazier (Updated May 2009)

Glaziers install metal framing, metal doors, curtain wall, unitized systems, glass doors, door closers, insulated glass, glass railings, glass panels, skylight framing, glass in skylights, glass in wood or metal frames and glass in wood or metal doors, all plexiglass and polycarbonate used in place of glass, all sealant of glass to metal and metal to substrate, photovoltaic and electric glass etc. Glaziers also perform shielded metal arc welding.

Length of Apprenticeship:

  • Three (3) years—Minimum of 4,200 hours of on-the-job training.

  • Apprentices begin by attending one night of orientation.

  • Apprentices attend classroom instruction one 8 hour day every other week for the remainder of the program. Related instruction as required.

  • Wage Information:

    1st 6 months: 50% of journeyman wage
    2nd 6 months: 55% of journeyman wage
    3rd 6 months: 65% of journeyman wage
    4th 6 months: 75% of journeyman wage
    5th 6 months: 85% of journeyman wage
    6th 6 months: 95% of journeyman wage

    After three (3) years of Apprenticeship and upon certification of the Apprentice Coordinator and J.A.T.C. Trustees, he/she shall be given the Journeyman’s wage rate.

    Basic Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old and show a birth certificate.

  • Must be a Legal Resident and have a Social Security Card.

  • Must have a high school diploma or a G.E.D. Certificate.

  • Must have a valid Driver’s License.

  • Must have reliable transportation.

  • Recommended Preparatory Classes:

    Mathematics, mechanical drawing, geometry, and computer class.


  • Must be able to lift at least seventy (70) pounds.

  • Must be able to work at high levels from scaffolds and ladders.

  • Must be able to follow instructions.

  • Must be able to pay attention to details.

  • Work Experience:

    (Helpful, but not necessary for acceptance.) Familiarity with construction work, glazing work and power tools is helpful.

    Entry Process:

  • Complete application at the Apprenticeship office. Applications are accepted year round on the first and third Monday of every month, by appointment only. Call 708-443-9000

  • Pay a $25 application fee (no personal checks).

  • Submit required documents with application.

  • Take and pass (70%) a written math aptitude test.

  • Applicants who pass the written test must seek employment with one of our signatory contractors and submit a “Letter of Intent to hire”.

  • Take and pass a drug test.

  • Applicants are then given an oral interview.

  • Applicant must pay a non-refundable Initiation Fee before beginning work.

  • When chosen, the applicant must take and pass a drug test.

  • Contact:

    Glaziers Local 27 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee
    4225 Lawndale Avenue
    Lyons, IL 60534
    Phone: (708) 443-9000


    Robert Jacobs


    Kenneth O'Donnell

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