Technology Trends and Training Make Good Glaziers Better

The construction industry is working to mitigate labor shortages and improve jobsite efficiencies and safety with both new technologies and learning opportunities for newcomers and apprentices. These were topics discussed during a webinar hosted by the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT) and Trimble, an industrial technology company. Ian Warner, a construction solutions architect at Trimble, was the moderator, focusing on construction technology trends and improvements, as well as training programs.

Warner explained the importance of having the proper tools on a jobsite to save time and keep workers safe. As an example, line, point and rotating lasers, which replace the need for measuring with other level tools, can help workers be more efficient onsite. “Rotating lasers are pretty ubiquitous now across most projects,” he said. “Some people are still using builder levels and streamlines, but the rotating lasers literally save quadruple the time, or 10-times the time you might have if you’re trying to run straight lines with other levels.”

Speaking of robotic total stations, which are one-person systems used for surveying and layout tasks, Warner said these have seen notable advances. Using these systems and  software can save time and keep workers off lifts and ladders where they’re more susceptible to falls, trips and injuries, he said.

There are also ways to incorporate virtual reality into a jobsite. This virtual reality can be found in a hard hat and goggles, which can project a 3D model to align with the real world.

“When you put this on a student or a new apprentice, or somebody that’s fairly new in the field and they’ve never really understood the 3D connections and the details, they can  look at it and see it in real-time,” he said.

AGMCC Annual Meeting Fuels Optimism, Advancements

The Architectural Glass and Metal Certification Council (AGMCC) along with the Architectural Glass and Metal Technician (AGMT) and North American Contractor Certification (NACC), hosted its  annual meeting, October 27-28. The meeting took place in a hybrid format to accommodate in-person and virtual participants.

“Overall, we accomplished what we needed to as far as our agenda and we’re able to take care of some business… So overall, it was a pretty big success and it was great to try to do a hybrid meeting,” says Scott Kennett, program manager.

“There’s really no substitute for face-to-face conversation,” adds Ben Beeler, consultant and technical director at NACC.

AGMT’s program consists of a knowledge-based test (KBT) and a performance-based test (PBT); the latter is made up of curtainwall, storefront/entrances and sealing sections.

Testing resumed in mid-April, and based on PBT results, 209 candidates were certified out of 276 that were tested—a 75% passing rate. The KBT has about a 90% passing rate.  Additionally, there have been 11 newly certified contractors this year.

AGMT expects to reach 600 certified glaziers in December, and then next year’s schedule is filling up, according to Kennett. AGMT currently has 524 certified glaziers.

“NACC has also added a number of contractors in this last year, and we expect to reach probably 60+ next year. We’ve had to add additional auditors to handle the volume of annual audits that we’re conducting,” says Beeler, adding that for NACC, currently 45 contractors are certified, including one that gained certification the week of the meeting.

“That means 12 more contractors have come into NACC this year. So that’s by far and away the biggest change in a single year,” Beeler says. “Five more contractors that are new have completed their assessment and are working on their corrective actions. So, it’s very possible we’ll be at 50 by December or January. And then there’s another 15 or so that are in progress.”

The next AGMCC meeting is scheduled for October 26-27, 2022, in Denver.


The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has released updated industry market data in the FGIA Industry Update of the U.S. Market for Residential and Non-residential Windows, Doors and Skylights. New forecasts included are based on projections of construction activity as of mid-September 2021.

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