If you have ever harbored dreams of installing glass balustrades or glass pool fencing, then you will have to become a glazier before this can be possible. While this is not an easy task to accomplish, the good news is that it is not as difficult compared to other courses and lines of work. While it will require you to be at the best of your abilities and health, you will find it to be a fulfilling and exciting line of work to be involved in. The following are the details about training to be an Australian glazier that you will need to know about:
1) What a glazier does for a living
The work of a glazier is more involving than simply completing a few window fittingtasks and then calling it quits. The glazier will have to know how to measure and cut new glass so that it can be installed in commercial, residential and even industrial properties. The type of property will dictate the complexity of the task involved. The tasks in most homes will be simple and will require a lot of effort to complete. However, things can get complicated very quickly when it comes to dealing with commercial and industrial properties, as the projects associated with these projects are going to be large and complex by nature.
Glaziers are mainly involved in repair and maintenance of glass affixed on structures. This means that the typical, average day of a glazier will mainly entail a lot of repairing broken windows and roof glazing. However, there are often cases that will require them to install glass balustrade or pool fencing from time to time.
2) The tools of the trade
A glazier will have to be very familiar to tools like suction pads, chisels, pliers and wheel cutters and how to use them safely. The quality of a glazier’s work will be judged by how able they are with tools in the field. While in most cases glass is measured and fitted even before it is transported to the place it is needed, a situation may arise that will require the quick action of a glazier. They will also have to be familiar with using materials such as sealants, rubber strips and aluminum.
3) Hours and conditions on the job
A typical glazier can expect a light forty hour work week, although this might change according to locale and the company that you are working in. in some cases, a glazier may have to report for work late in the night in order to deal with an emergency, although this rarely happens. You can expect to work both outside and inside a property, and in all kinds of weather.
4) Training for the job
Most training is by apprenticeship, as you will learn from your more experienced glaziers while working on the job. However, there are training courses in local colleges. It is important for you to be accredited by the Australian Glass and Glazing association (AGGA), as this will be a seal of approval that will endear you to clients and employers alike.