Glassworker Program

This certificate of apprenticeship program from FTI allows students to learn the fabrication and production of various glass units.


Glassworkers fabricate aluminum doors and manufacture insulated glass units, show doors, mirrors and glass tabletops. Custom fabricate glass, mirror, shower and bath enclosures and architectural aluminum. These finished products are shipped to residential and commercial buildings for installation by the glaziers. Typically glassworkers work in a production or fabricating and manufacturing facility environment working with glass and metal CNC equipment. This program allows an apprentice to develop his/her skills to cut, edge, polish, bevel, and notch glass and mirror. Skills needed to become a Glassworker include manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination, physical fitness and the ability to solve arithmetic problems quickly and accurately also is required.


Program Requirements

Certificate Programs

Recognized and registered with the Department of Labor, students completing these programs will receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship in one of the following areas – Glazier, Glassworker, Coating Application Specialist, Drywall Finisher, or Commercial Painter.

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FTI Testimonials

“These are some of the best trained skilled crafts people in the industry, not only have they worked in the crafts and out in the field on job sites but they engage with the union family and union membership.”

- Terry Nelson, District Council 82

“FTI instructors provide us with skilled quality workers and not only do those instructors have the book smarts needed to teach proper technique but they also have direct experience in the field.”

- Clark Anderson, CFO - Swanson Youngdale

“The instructors are great, they get down to a personal level. They take their knowledge and implement it into the classroom and hands-on training.”

- Kyle Paulson, Glazier Apprentice



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Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest is an educational institute dedicated to developing professional tradespeople, advancing their skills and certifying their qualifications in the Upper Midwest. Our learners include Commercial and Industrial Painters, Drywall Finishers, Glaziers, Glassworkers, Sign and Display Technicians, and Tradeshow Workers.

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