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Details for Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers


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


  • Remove all dirt, foreign matter, and loose glass from damaged areas; then apply primer along windshield or window edges and allow it to dry.
  • Install replacement glass in vehicles after old glass has been removed and all necessary preparations have been made.
  • Allow all glass parts installed with urethane ample time to cure, taking temperature and humidity into account.
  • Prime all scratches on pinchwelds with primer, and allow primed scratches to dry.
  • Obtain windshields or windows for specific automobile makes and models from stock, and examine them for defects prior to installation.
  • Check for moisture or contamination in damaged areas, dry out any moisture prior to making repairs, and keep damaged areas dry until repairs are complete.
  • 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 all the way around.
  • Select appropriate tools, safety equipment, and parts according to job requirements.
  • 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, and any other parts that were removed prior to glass replacement or repair.
  • Remove all moldings, clips, windshield wipers, screws, bolts, and inside A-pillar moldings; then lower headliners prior to beginning installation or repair work.
  • Install, repair, and replace safety glass and related materials, such as backglass heating-elements, on vehicles and equipment.
  • Install rubber-channeling strips around edges of glass or frames in order to weatherproof windows or to prevent rattling.
  • Hold cut or uneven edges of glass against automated abrasive belts in order to shape or smooth edges.
  • 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.
  • Install new foam dams on pinchwelds if required.
  • Cool or warm glass in the event of temperature extremes.


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Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.



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