Window FabricatorJob Description:
Window fabricators make glazed windows, doors, glass panels and curtain walls for homes and businesses.Job Category:
What you will do:
In this job you could:
- make and glaze frames for items like windows, conservatories, screens or curtain walling
- work with materials like UPVC, aluminium, steel or wood
- read and interpret computer-aided drawings and plans
- measure and mark out
- set up machinery and equipment
- use hand, power and machine tools to drill, cut and assemble frames
- install glass into frames and add fittings like handles and locks
- clean, inspect and package finished products
- load and unload delivery vehicles
- complete paperwork, including job sheets and quality assurance documents
- go on site to do surveys, help with fitting or do quality control
- knowledge of maths
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- knowledge of building and construction
- knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As well as:
To become a window fabricator, you typically do not need specific GCSE subjects, as this profession is often learned through on-the-job training and apprenticeships. However, having a solid educational foundation can be beneficial for improving your job prospects and advancing in your career. While there are no strict subject requirements, the following GCSE subjects can be helpful:
- Mathematics: Math skills are essential for measurements and calculations involved in window fabrication.
- Design and Technology: This subject can provide you with a basic understanding of materials, tools, and manufacturing processes.
- Science: A general understanding of science can be beneficial, especially in fields like physics and chemistry, as it may relate to understanding materials and their properties.
- English: Good communication skills, both written and verbal, are important in any job. It’s also helpful for understanding and following instructions.
- ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Basic computer skills can be valuable, especially for using computer-aided design (CAD) software, which is often used in the window fabrication industry.
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
You may be able to do an intermediate apprenticeship in window manufacturing or fenestration fabrication.
You could find an apprenticeship with a company that makes glazed items for homeowners or for business and industrial customers.
Employers will set their own entry requirements but are likely to expect that you have an understanding of maths for working from plans and doing simple calculations.
You could begin as a general production operative or labourer with a window manufacturer and work your way up. There are courses you can do while working to help you get into more skilled fabrication jobs.
You could also start as a window fitter and move into fabrication work.
You can apply directly for jobs. Employers set their own entry requirements, though you’ll need maths skills for measuring along with good practical skills.
Experience of general manufacturing and trades like window fitting or joinery may also be useful.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 37-42 hours of work. You could be required to work between 8am and 6pm flexibly.
You could work in a factory, in a workshop, at a client’s business or at a client’s home. Your working environment may be physically active. You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could move into supervisory, quality control or management positions. You could work in other types of manufacturing or go into product sales.
You could move into jobs where you might go on site to help fix problems with fenestration products, or do surveys for customers looking to buy new ones, like conservatories.