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What Is an Auto Glass Installer and How to Become One

What Does an Auto Glass Installer Do?

An auto glass installer works to install and repair window glass in cars and other vehicles with a windshield. As an auto glass installer, your responsibilities vary depending on your employer. You may work for an automotive manufacturer, installing windshields, rear windows, and side windows in newly manufactured cars. Or, you may work in auto repair facilities where you use specialized equipment to remove damaged windows and replace them with new ones. Your duties may also involve repairing cracks or chips in existing windows that don’t need to be replaced entirely.

How Can I Become an Auto Glass Installer?

The qualifications to become an auto glass installer include a high school diploma and specialized training. You can earn a postsecondary certificate from a vocational school or find an apprenticeship program from an auto glass repair or installation provider. Some employers run such apprenticeship programs to teach entry-level employees the necessary skills, and technical schools offer certification programs affiliated with the National Glass Association (NGA). Organizations such as the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) also provide instruction in glass installation.