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Leadlight Worker

Glass and glazing tradespersons cut, shape and install glass used in windows, doors and mirrors. They may also prepare and install glass used for structural purposes in residential, commercial and high-rise buildings.

Duties & Tasks
Glass and glazing tradespeople may perform the following tasks:
  • interpret drawings and plans or measure the space to determine the amount of glass required
  • lay sheets of glass onto glass cutting tables and score (mark) the surface of the glass using a variety of glasscutters
  • remove excess glass with notched tools or glass pliers
  • cut, drill and notch holes in glass with diamond-tipped cutters and drills
  • remove broken glass and mirrors and prepare surfaces for reglazing
  • smooth and polish edges on a grinding or bevelling wheel
  • fit the glass using putty, chemical compounds or rubber strips into timber, steel and aluminium frames
  • assemble and secure parts of pre-made glass units, such as shop fittings, display cases and shower enclosures
  • install metal window and door frames into which glass panels are fitted, such as for shower screens and sliding doors
  • fabricate aluminium for domestic and commercial applications, and fit and install on site
  • inscribe decorative edges on glass and mirrors
  • create drawings using computer-aided design systems
  • read diagrams, drawings or specifications to determine job requirements.
  • Working conditions
    The work falls into three areas: cutting the glass, bevelling or smoothing edges, and fitting or glazing glass into prepared openings.
    Personal requirements
  • enjoy practical work
  • steady hands for precise work
  • able to work at heights
  • good eyesight (may be corrected)
  • able to calculate and measure accurately.
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