When you need the help of an Automotive Glass Installer and Repairer, it’s usually urgent! Whether due to theft or an accident, a broken car window makes your transportation and “home away from home” vulnerable to rain, snow, cold and criminal intent. The ability to fix this problem quickly and efficiently is a specialized skill in the field of auto repair. Glass installers carefully remove broken, cracked or pitted windshields and window glass. Then they prepare the edges of the replacement glass using a moisture-proofing compound. To finish, they place the glass into the vehicle, and install rubber strips around the sides of the windshield or window to make it secure and weatherproof. For less-damaged windshields, they may just patch small chips or cracks. Training for this field may be available on the job at a small auto body repair shop, or you can enroll in a collision repair program at a trade or technical school or community college. Industry certification may be required by some employers, and will likely bring higher pay. To advance in this field or run your own shop, you’ll need good reading, basic math, and computer skills. You will also need patience and precision to get the job done right, and send your customer safely on their way.
What they do:
Replace or repair broken windshields and window glass in motor vehicles.
On the job, you would:
Prime all scratches on pinchwelds with primer and allow to dry.
Remove all dirt, foreign matter, and loose glass from damaged areas, apply primer along windshield or window edges, and allow primer to dry.
Allow all glass parts installed with urethane ample time to cure, taking temperature and humidity into account.
Engineering and Technology
Arts and Humanities
talking to others
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Hand and Finger Use
hold or move items with your hands
keep your arm or hand steady
communicate by speaking
listen and understand what people say
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Operating system software
Data base user interface and query software
Project management software
high school diploma/GED usually needed
Examples of Registered Apprenticeship programs include: