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Also known as:
Auto Glass Installer, Auto Glass Mechanic, Automotive Glass Technician, Automotive Glazier, Windshield Installer, Windshield Repair Technician
When you need the services of automotive glass installers and repairers, the need is usually urgent. Whether due to theft or an accident, a broken car window renders an important part of someone's life vulnerable to rain, snow, cold and criminal intent. The ability to fix this problem quickly and ef ...
ficiently is a specialized skill in the field of auto repair.
Glass installers quickly removed broken, cracked or pitted windshields and window glass. This part of the job can be learned quickly. But the more complex part of the operation requires training. You might get it when you're hired at a small automotive body repair shop, or you can learn how to do it at an automotive body repair training program, a factory, high school, private trade school, or community college.
After removing the broken glass, installers prepare the edges of the replacement with a moisture-proofing compound. Then, 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.
If you hope to advance in this field or run your own shop. You'll need good reading, basic mathematic and computer skills. It also takes patience and precision to get the jobs done right and send the customers safely on their way.
Replace or repair broken windshields and window glass in motor vehicles.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
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Cut flat safety glass according to specified patterns or perform precision pattern making and glass cutting to custom fit replacement windows.
Replace or adjust motorized or manual window-raising mechanisms.
Remove moldings, clips, windshield wipers, screws, bolts, and inside A-pillar moldings and lower headliners in preparation for installation or repair work.
Install new foam dams on pinchwelds, if required.
Install rubber channeling strips around edges of glass or frames to weatherproof windows or to prevent rattling.
Hold cut or uneven edges of glass against automated abrasive belts to shape or smooth edges.
Apply a bead of urethane around the perimeter of each pinchweld and dress the remaining urethane on the pinchwelds so that it is of uniform level and thickness.
Allow all glass parts installed with urethane ample time to cure, taking temperature and humidity into account.
Install replacement glass in vehicles after old glass has been removed and all necessary preparations have been made.
Prime all scratches on pinchwelds with primer and allow primed scratches to dry.
Select appropriate tools, safety equipment, and parts, according to job requirements.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
Handling and Moving Objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
Scheduling Work and Activities
Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Public Safety and Security
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Sales and Marketing
Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Teaching others how to do something.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.