Window fitter

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What's it like?

You would install windows, doors and other glass surfaces to brighten up people's homes and businesses.

You would:

  • Remove old windows and doors with hand and power tools
  • Measure the space(s) for the new windows or doors
  • Fix the glass in place, making sure it is safe and level
  • Seal the fittings to protect against the weather
  • Clean away leftover materials and fix any damage to timber or plaster

You would normally be helped by a fitter's ‘mate’.

You might work with traditional wooden- and metal-framed products as well as modern UPVC units. You could also learn the special skills needed to repair and replace windows in old buildings.

As well as fitting windows on site, you may sometimes work on making the glass sheets. You’d need an awareness of safe working practices when handling glass.

Working conditions

Hours

You would work around 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday, with possible overtime when necessary.

Environment

You would work both indoors and outside, using ladders or scaffolding to reach the upper storeys of buildings. The work can be physically demanding, with heavy lifting involved.

Travel

You would normally need a driving licence and access to a van to move equipment from job to job.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Working as part of a team
  • Accuracy
  • Working with your hands
  • Being physically fit
  • Working with numbers
  • Paying attention to detail

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Qualifications

You can enter a Modern Apprenticeship and gain a relevant work-based qualification such as a Scottish Vocational Qualification in Glass Industry Occupations (SCQF Level 5/6). You usually need to pass an aptitude test to enter this role.

You do not always need formal qualifications but National 4 or National 5 qualifications (SCQF level 4/5) would be helpful. 

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • A technologies subject

You will also need

You must hold a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent and pass a health and safety test to work and train on construction sites.

A driving licence is useful and often essential.

Helpful to have

Relevant qualifications and experience in carpentry or other crafts such as Skills for Work Construction Crafts (SCQF level 4/5).