Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers

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About the Job

Replace or repair broken windshields and window glass in motor vehicles.

It is also Called

  • Windshield Technician
  • Windshield Repair Technician
  • Windshield Installer
  • Window Tinter
  • Window Installer
  • Vehicle Glass Technician
  • Master Automotive Glass Technician (Master Auto Glass Technician)
  • Glass Technician/Installer
  • Glass Technician
  • Glass Setter
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What They Do

  • Cut flat safety glass according to specified patterns or perform precision pattern making and glass cutting to custom fit replacement windows.
  • Hold cut or uneven edges of glass against automated abrasive belts to shape or smooth edges.
  • Install rubber channeling strips around edges of glass or frames to weatherproof windows or to prevent rattling.
  • Install new foam dams on pinchwelds, if required.
  • Replace or adjust motorized or manual window-raising mechanisms.
  • Cool or warm glass in the event of temperature extremes.
  • Install, repair, or replace safety glass and related materials, such as back glass heating elements, on vehicles or equipment.
  • Remove moldings, clips, windshield wipers, screws, bolts, and inside A-pillar moldings and lower headliners in preparation for installation or repair work.
  • Remove broken or damaged glass windshields or window glass from motor vehicles, using hand tools to remove screws from frames holding glass.
  • Replace all moldings, clips, windshield wipers, or other parts that were removed prior to glass replacement or repair.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RCE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional and Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Preparation Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in California was $36,690 with most people making between $22,400 and $58,450

Outlook

0.71%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,400 people in California. It is projected that there will be 1,500 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 10 openings due to growth and about 20 replacement openings for approximately 30 total annual openings.