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Automotive Glass Installer/Repairer  What They Do

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Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers Career Video



Replaces or repairs broken windshields and window glass in motor vehicles.

This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Primes all scratches on pinchwelds with primer and allow to dry.
  • Removes all dirt, foreign matter, and loose glass from damaged areas, applies primer along windshield or window edges, and allows primer to dry.
  • Allows all glass parts installed with urethane ample time to cure, taking temperature and humidity into account.
  • Applies a bead of urethane around the perimeter of each pinchweld and dresses the remaining urethane on the pinchwelds so that it is of uniform level and thickness.
  • Selects appropriate tools, safety equipment, and parts, according to job requirements.
  • Installs replacement glass in vehicles.
  • Obtains windshields or windows for specific automobile makes and models from stock and examines them for defects prior to installation.
  • Replaces all moldings, clips, windshield wipers, or other parts that were removed prior to glass replacement or repair.
  • Checks for and removes moisture or contamination in damaged areas and keeps areas dry until repairs are complete.
  • Removes broken or damaged glass windshields or window glass from motor vehicles, using hand tools to remove screws from frames holding glass.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

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  • Glass Installer --
  • Glass Installer Technician --
  • Glass Technician --
  • Glass Technician/Installer --
  • Master Automotive Glass Technician (Master Auto Glass Technician) --
  • Windshield Installer --
  • Windshield Repair Technician --