In Summary - Window Fitter
The Work - Window Fitter
Window fitters install window frames and windows including double-glazing. They work with different materials including glass, wood, plastic and aluminium. Windows are generally standard size but occasionally can be made to measure.
If working on existing buildings, they first carefully remove the old glass and possibly the window frames using hand and power tools. They then put in place the new windows and adjust the frames to fit exactly, using hand tools such as planes and saws. Finally, they fix them into place and make any repairs that need to be done to the plasterwork around the window frame. Experienced fitters may repair and replace windows in historical buildings.
Some window fitters specialise in fitting conservatories or doors with glass panels. They may work alone, with one other person or in small teams. Window fitters are also often required to fit weather boarding.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Read and interpret blueprints or specifications to determine size, shape, color, type, or thickness of glass, location of framing, installation procedures, or staging or scaffolding materials required.
- Determine plumb of walls or ceilings, using plumb lines and levels.
- Fabricate or install metal sashes or moldings for glass installation, using aluminum or steel framing.
- Measure mirrors and dimensions of areas to be covered to determine work procedures.
- Fasten glass panes into wood sashes or frames with clips, points, or moldings, adding weather seals or putty around pane edges to seal joints.
- Secure mirrors in position, using mastic cement, putty, bolts, or screws.
- Cut, fit, install, repair, or replace glass or glass substitutes, such as plastic or aluminum, in building interiors or exteriors or in furniture or other products.
- Cut and remove broken glass prior to installing replacement glass.
- Set glass doors into frames and bolt metal hinges, handles, locks, or other hardware to attach doors to frames and walls.
- Score glass with cutters' wheels, breaking off excess glass by hand or with notched tools.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Interests - Window Fitter
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
As a window fitter you will need good practical skills. You need to be physically fit as the work involves some heavy lifting and working at height from ladders. You must be able to take accurate measurements and make calculations.
Some of the work is outdoors so you should be prepared to work in all kinds of weather conditions. The ability to drive may be useful.
Entry Requirements - Window Fitter
Pay & Salary - Window Fitter
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 18k - 26k
Last Updated: March, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.