Windscreen FitterJob Description:
Windscreen fitters repair and replace damaged glass on cars, vans, buses and lorries.Job Category:
What you will do:
Day to day, you could:
- drive to meet the customer or welcome them to the workshop
- assess the damage to glass
- advise the customer on repair options
- repair small chips in glass with resin
- disconnect electrical wiring, like window controls on larger jobs
- remove trims from around windows
- remove and replace damaged glass
- record work details for each job
- process payments
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As well as:
- the ability to work well with your hands
- the ability to organise your time and workload (organisation skills)
- customer service skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to use your initiative (ambition)
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
To become a Windscreen Fitter, you typically do not need specific GCSE subjects, but having a few subjects can be advantageous. Windscreen Fitting is a trade that focuses on practical skills and hands-on experience. However, having a strong foundation in certain subjects can be helpful for various aspects of the job, including communication and problem-solving. Some recommended GCSE subjects and skills that can benefit someone aspiring to become a Windscreen Fitter include:
- English: Good communication skills are essential in any profession. Windscreen Fitters often need to communicate with customers, coworkers, and suppliers.
- Math: Basic math skills are important for measurements and calculations related to cutting and fitting windshields.
- Design and Technology: This subject can provide you with practical skills and an understanding of materials and tools, which can be beneficial when working with auto glass.
- Science: A general understanding of science can be helpful for understanding the properties of different materials, adhesives, and safety procedures.
- ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Knowledge of computer software and electronic equipment may be beneficial for modern Windscreen Fitters who work with advanced vehicle systems that incorporate sensors and cameras.
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could do a college course. In the UK, for example, courses include: Certificate or Diploma in Vehicle Accident Repair. These courses may help when looking for work.
You can get into this job through an automotive glazing technician advanced apprenticeship.
There are no set entry requirements when applying directly for vacancies, but experience in the motor trade as a mechanic or body repairer would be helpful.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 45-47 hours of work. You could be required to work on call as per the customers demand.
You could work in a fast-fit centre, at a car dealership, at a client’s business, at a client’s home or on call-out to wherever the car owner is.
Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time and involve using chemicals.
You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
Career Path & Progression:
With more training you could become a vehicle mechanic, breakdown engineer or workshop supervisor.
You could also start your own windscreen repair company.