Windscreen fitters repair and replace damaged glass on vehicles like cars, lorries and buses.
1. Entry requirementsThere 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
- time management skills
- the ability to build trust with customers
- a willingness to work flexibly
3. What you'll do
- 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
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 environmentYou’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 progressionWith 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