Tyre, exhaust and windscreen fitters > Windscreen Fitter
Engineering and maintenance | Transport
Windscreen fitters repair and replace damaged glass on cars, vans, buses and lorries.
£16,000 Starter - £24,000 Experienced
45 to 47 a week (on call as customers demand)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
a college course
You could do a college course
like a Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Vehicle Accident Repair, which may help when looking for work. You'll usually need 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent.
You can get into this job through an automotive glazing technician Level 3 apprenticeship. You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths.
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.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- the ability to work well with your hands
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- the ability to organise your time and workload
- customer service skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to use your initiative
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to work well with others
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to have a full driving licence.
You may be given a company car or van if you're directly employed. You'll need your own vehicle if you work for yourself.
What you’ll 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
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 and progression
With more training you could become a vehicle mechanic, breakdown engineer or workshop supervisor.
You could also start your own windscreen repair company.