Window FitterJob Description:
Window fitters install windows, conservatories and glazed curtain walls in homes and businesses.Job Category:
What you will do:
In this job, you would:
- measure up where new glazed units will go
- remove old windows, doors and panels, using hand and power tools
- fix new windows, doors and glazed panels into place
- readjust surrounding timber or brickwork to make sure fittings are secure
- seal fitted units to make them weatherproof
- add trims or special finishes
- clear away leftover building materials
- issue a work completion certificate to the property owner
- knowledge of building and construction
- knowledge of maths
- the ability to operate and control equipment
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As well as:
To become a window fitter, you typically don’t need specific GCSE subjects. However, certain subjects can be helpful in preparing you for a career in this field and making you a more attractive candidate to potential employers. Some relevant subjects might include:
- Mathematics: A good understanding of basic math is essential for measurements, calculations, and ensuring windows fit correctly.
- Design and Technology: This subject can provide you with practical skills related to construction and working with tools, which are valuable in window fitting.
- Science: While not directly related, a basic understanding of physics and materials can be helpful when working with different types of windows and frames.
- Construction or Engineering: If available, courses in construction, engineering, or related subjects can give you a strong foundation for this career.
- Business Studies: Some window fitters may eventually run their own businesses, so understanding business principles can be beneficial.
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards the role
- applying directly
You could start by taking a college course in construction or joinery. These courses would teach you some of the skills you need in this job and may help you when looking for a trainee position with a glazing company.
In the UK, for example, courses include:
- Certificate in Construction Skills
- Award in Carpentry and Joinery
You can get into this job by doing a fenestration installer intermediate apprenticeship.
You could be taken on by a glazing company as a fitter’s assistant or ‘mate’ and learn on the job by working with an experienced fitter.
You can apply directly to become a window fitter. There are no set entry requirements, though you’ll need maths skills to measure and work out dimensions.
Experience in carpentry and joinery may be helpful.
You’ll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card (in the UK) or equivalent to train and work on a construction site
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 43-45 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends on shifts.
You could work at a client’s home or on a construction site. Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time and at height. You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
Career Path & Progression:
You could become a site supervisor, window surveyor or estimator, or move into glazing sales and marketing.
You could also set up your own business or take up a window fitting franchise.