Do you have an interest in cars and perhaps an interest in replacing glass? Then you might consider becoming an automotive glass installer. Automotive glass installers remove and replace broken glass in vehicles such as broken windows and cracked windshields. Replacing broken windshields and windows requires knowledge of applying special materials to the glass edges as well as adding rubber stripping to the edges. This is not as simple as it seems. Because of this, most employers prefer to hire installers who have formal training.
You’ll need to have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED). Then you can look for vocational schools in your area as well as your local community college for appropriate programs. You’ll learn about current installation practices, methods, tools and terminology. These programs generally run anywhere from 4 to 10 days and offer real hands-on experience. You’ll have the opportunity to work with experienced glass technicians. Many schools also offer refresher courses.
Places that offer hands-on experience include places such as Horizon Auto Glass (Windshield Replacement School, Sacramento, CA) and Automotive Glass Consultants (AGU, Sun Prairie, WI) to name a few but there are others. If you’re looking for an online course, consider Auto Glass University (AGU). This online program provides students with comprehensive and concise modules and focuses on the technical aspects, customer service, safety and management. AGU works with automotive glass consultants such that you can get on-site training opportunities.