Auto glass repairers replace window glass and windshields. They examine damaged windshields and assess repair ability. He or she stabilizes chips and cracks and removes glass that cannot be repaired. They apply urethane sealant to the windshield frame and install the replacement glass. This job can be physically demanding.
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How to Become an Automotive Glass Repairer
Automotive body and glass repairers typically need a combination of a high school diploma and experience or completion of a formal training program in automotive or glass repair from a trade school or a community college. These programs will give you the hands-on experience and technical instruction. Certification is not required, but gaining a certification can show employers you are knowledgeable and this may give you a higher starting wage.
Automotive Glass Repairer Career Video Transcript
When you need the help of an automotive glass installer and repairer, it’s usually urgent! Whether due to theft or an accident, a broken car window makes your transportation and “home away from home” 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 carefully remove broken, cracked or pitted windshields and window glass. Then they prepare the edges of the replacement glass using a moisture-proofing compound. To finish, 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.
For less-damaged windshields, they may just patch small chips or cracks. Training for this field may be available on-the-job at a small auto body repair shop, or you can enroll in a collision repair program at a trade or technical school or community college. Industry certification may be required by some employers, and will likely bring higher pay. To advance in this field or run your own shop, you’ll need good reading, basic math, and computer skills. You will also need patience and precision to get the job done right, and send your customer safely on their way.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Automotive Body and Glass Repairers.
National Center for O*NET Development. 49-3022.00. O*NET OnLine.
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