A Career as an Auto Glass Technician

By: hunter
An Auto Glass Technician replaces or repairs automobile glass. It is estimated that nearly 10 million windshields are replaced every year. A pebble can cause a crack in a windshield, and it only takes a day of freezing temperatures to make the crack grow. Driving with a cracked windshield can be quite dangerous. It's easy for the glass to shatter in a crash. Therefore, most experts recommend fixing or replacing your cracked windshield as soon as possible. This is the specialization of the Auto Glass Technician.

Auto Glass Technicians repair damaged windshields and windows in motor vehicles. Before a technician decides what is needed they inspect the cracks and chips in the glass and determine whether it can be repaired. If they decide to replace the window, technicians eradicate the old glass. They use hand tools to take apart door panels and window frames so they can access the glass. Once the glass is removed, technicians clean or replace window frames to prepare the vehicle for new glass. They may also repair the motors that raise and lower windows.

Many windows and windshields are precut and ready for installation. This glass does not require preparation by the technician before installation. All the technicians need to do is select the proper size glass for the vehicle.

When the glass is ready, technicians transfer it to the vehicle. They frequently use suction cups to lightly place the glass in position. They then secure the glass using special tape, sealants, adhesives, bolts, rubber gaskets, metal clips, or molding. They reassemble door panels and other trim pieces to finish the work.

In some cases auto glass technicians repair glass rather than install new glass. Using hand tools, technicians force a liquid resin into the crack. Then they shine ultraviolet light on the resin to harden it.

Auto glass technicians may work in shops or travel to customers' locations. They use computers to keep records, send bills, and estimate repair costs.
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