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Windscreen fitter

Windscreen fitters repair and replace damaged glass on vehicles like cars, lorries and buses.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £16,000 to £24,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but experience in the motor trade as a mechanic or body repairer would be helpful.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You’ll usually need a driving licence.

The Institute of the Motor Industry and Autocity have more information on working as a windscreen fitter.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • time management skills
  • the ability to build trust with customers
  • a willingness to work flexibly

3. What you'll do

You’ll be:  

  • assessing damage to glass
  • advising customers about repair options
  • repairing small chips in glass with resin
  • disconnecting electrical parts like window controls on larger jobs
  • removing trims from around windows
  • removing and replacing damaged glass
  • recording work details for each job
You may also be trained to repair or calibrate instruments found on newer vehicles like parking sensors and screen cameras.

4. Salary

Starter: £16,000 to £20,000

Experienced: £21,000 to £24,000

Some companies offer a basic salary with bonuses linked to how many jobs you complete.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work around 40 hours a week and travel from job to job.

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.

You could work at a fast-fit centre or a main car dealership.

6. 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.

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Last updated: 21 December 2016