Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers

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Also known as:
Auto Glass Installer, Auto Glass Mechanic, Automotive Glass Technician, Automotive Glazier, Windshield Installer, Windshield Repair Technician

ABOUT AUTOMOTIVE GLASS INSTALLER OR REPAIRER CAREERS
Video transcript

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 efficiently 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.

SNAPSHOT
Replace or repair broken windshields and window glass in motor vehicles.
Leadership
LOW
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
LOW
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
LOW
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
LOW
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
LOW
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
Daily tasks

Install rubber channeling strips around edges of glass or frames to weatherproof windows or to prevent rattling.

Replace or adjust motorized or manual window-raising mechanisms.

Check for and remove moisture or contamination in damaged areas and keep areas dry until repairs are complete.

Install new foam dams on pinchwelds, if required.

Obtain windshields or windows for specific automobile makes and models from stock and examine them for defects prior to installation.

Remove broken or damaged glass windshields or window glass from motor vehicles, using hand tools to remove screws from frames holding glass.

Prime all scratches on pinchwelds with primer and allow to dry.

Replace all moldings, clips, windshield wipers, or other parts that were removed prior to glass replacement or repair.

Install replacement glass in vehicles.

Remove all dirt, foreign matter, and loose glass from damaged areas, apply primer along windshield or window edges, and allow primer to dry.

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.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
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.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
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.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
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.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
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.
TOP SKILLS
Installation Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.