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A glazier fabricates, selects, cuts, installs, replaces, and removes residential, commercial and artistic glass, aluminum storefront frames and entrances, glass handrails, and balustrades, shower enclosures, curtain wall framing, terra-cotta/panel systems and entire building facades along with the window systems. Residential jobs may consist of mirror and residential window installation. 

The IUPAT represents men and women in North America who work in the finishing trades of commercial and industrial painting, drywall finishing, glazing, floor covering, sign, and trade show/convention display.

Glaziers Apprenticeship Program

The Glaziers Apprenticeship Program is a four-year program, consisting of a minimum of 576 classroom hours/144 classroom hours per year and 7,200 on the job training hours/1800 per year. 

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and possess a  high school graduate diploma or provide proof of equivalent education attainment, such as successful completion of a GED. Each applicant must submit a copy of their high school transcript or official report of GED test results if these documents will verify graduation.

A new apprentice will start at 60% of the Journey Person hourly wage and will receive a standard set of eight wage increases over the span of the four-year program. During the course of the apprenticeship, an apprentice will receive instruction in trade-specific and safety courses. Some of those courses being:

  • Installation of Window and Facade Systems
  • Fabrication of Window and Panel Systems
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Leadership Training
  • Hoisting and Rigging
  • Welding
  • OSHA Safety and Health
  • Aerial/Scissor Lift Operator
  • Forklift Operator
  • First Aid/CPR
  • (AGMT) Architectural Glass and Metal Technician Certification
Location Hourly Wage Total Wage Package
Cedar Rapids $26.57 $44.63
Des Moines $25.41 $49.33
Quad Cities $30.46 $48.52



Learn More

Glaziers & Glassworkers Local 581 - Quad Cities/Cedar Rapids -

Glaziers #1075 - Des Moines -
Howard Baker - Apprenticeship Coordinator - (515) 322-5009

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