You don’t need to be a motor trade expert to know what the services of an automotive glazing technician include. However, to get a better insight into what they do or how you can become one, below is a useful overview of the role.
What the Job Involves
Also known as windscreen technicians, glazing technicians are employed throughout the motor trade. They specialise in fitting, removing and repairing glass. To carry out their work effectively, they also need to have some knowledge of vehicle electrical systems, so they can connect and disconnect these when required.
Day-to-day duties of a glass technician can include:
- Carrying out glass damage assessments
- Providing quotes and paperwork for customers to claim on their motor insurance policy
- Glass fitting, removal and repair work, including fixing small glass chips and scratches
- Removing and replacing vehicle window trim
- General administration work and communicating with the public
Some of the businesses that employ glazing technicians include car dealerships, garages, vehicle rental firms, breakdown assistance companies and insurance providers. Most of the jobs available are full-time positions based in workshops or garages. However, many companies employ mobile windscreen technicians to provide glass repair and replacement services both in and outside normal working hours.
What you can Earn
The amount a glazing technician earns will depend on where they work and how much experience they have, but generally ranges from £12,500 (for a trainee position) to £25,000 per year for an experienced technician.
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How to Get Started as a Vehicle Glazing Technician
You don’t need specific trade qualifications but having a good standard of general education and common sense is important. Today, many young people enter the industry through apprenticeships schemes, these provide on-the-job training and the chance to obtain experience plus any necessary certifications.
Having previous experience in the motor industry will improve your chances of getting a trainee glazing technician job but demonstrating a passion for vehicles is important. The job often requires direct contact with vehicle owners, so it’s crucial to have excellent customer service and communication skills.
You’ll need to be comfortable with carrying out administrative tasks and working with figures. You’ll also be expected to work independently when you’ve gained some experience. You may also be required to have a flexible approach towards your working hours, particularly if you’re employed as a mobile technician. Finally, you will need to have, or be working towards getting a full UK driving licence.