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Window Fitter Profile

Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Window Fitter. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Window Fitter
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Window Fitter Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Window fitters install new or replacement windows and doors, conservatories and glazed curtain walls in all types of property from commercial premises to private households. They work with both traditional wooden- or metal-framed products and also UPVC units. The windows and doors may be single or double glazed units or may be in the form of secondary glazing fitted inside existing windows. The work is usually carried out by a team, often consisting of two people - a fitter and a ‘mate’. Fitters use hand and power tools to remove existing windows and insert new ones.

A typical window fitting job involves removing old windows and doors and measuring up the space(s) to be fitted. Although fittings can be made-to-measure, commonly, standard-sized glazing units are used, so it may be necessary to slightly enlarge or reduce the space around the fitment. Fitters fix the windows and doors in place, ensuring they are level and secure. They then make the fitting weathertight by using sealants. All left over materials are disposed of and any damage to indoor plasterwork is made good. The work may also involve fitting weatherboarding.

Some fitters with extensive experience of complex work may be able to work on the repair and replacement of windows and glazing on historical buildings or monuments.

Fitters may also work in the manufacture of glazing units. For details, see Glazier.

Hours and Environment

Window fitters normally work a 39-hour week, Monday to Friday, although overtime may be available to meet deadlines. They work on the inside and outside of buildings. To reach upper storeys, they work off ladders or scaffold, and work in all weather conditions. The work can be strenuous with some heavy lifting. Travel to and from sites will be necessary, so a driving licence may be essential.

Skills and Interests

To be a window fitter you should:

  • pay care and attention to safe working practices, especially when handling glass
  • have a pleasant and polite manner with customers
  • have good manual skills
  • be able to make measurements and calculate adjustments to fit frames
  • be able to work on own and as part of a small team
  • be physically fit
  • be comfortable working at heights
  • have ability to plan and organise work in order to meet completion deadlines.

Entry
There are no set entry requirements, but some employers may look for some GCSEs/S grades in subjects such as maths, English, and design and technology, or equivalent vocational qualifications such as a Foundation/Intermediate GNVQ/GSVQs in Construction and the Built Environment.

Often, entry is by direct employment with a glazing company. Apprenticeship training may be available depending on the employer.

Previous experience in the construction industry, such as carpentry and joinery, may be helpful in gaining an initial position as a fitters ''mate''.

Training

As a new window fitter, you will be given a short training course by your employer. This covers removing and fitting window frames, health and safety, customer relations and relevant paper work. Afterwards, you work alongside an experienced fitter.

Once employed, you can work towards NVQs/SVQs in Fenestration Installation at Level 2. Mandatory units cover areas such as health and safety. You also take optional units for:

  • taking measurements and specifications for installation requirements
  • preparing apertures and work area prior to installation
  • preparing and fitting of glass supporting systems
  • installing glass panels, door and window units.

Fenestration Installation and Surveying at Level 3 for more experienced staff includes similar units to level 2 but also more advanced units covering the diagnosis and rectification of technical faults, installation of more complex glass supporting systems, planning of resources and supervision of teams.

NVQs/SVQs in Glazing Installation and Maintenance at levels 2 and 3 are also available for window fitters but have options covering areas such as shaping glass for installations, applying treatments, securing premises in the event of emergencies, repair of glass and glazing installations, specialised architectural glazing and supervisory responsibilities.

For information on qualifications covering the manufacture of glass and glazing units, see Glazier.

Details on qualifications and training centres offering assessment for glazing and installation NVQs/SVQs are available from Glass Training Ltd and from the Glass Qualifications Authority. See contacts below.

Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).

Opportunities

Window fitters work throughout the country. There are opportunities with large national firms and smaller companies employing a limited number of teams. It is possible to become self-employed; window fitting franchises may also be an option.

Experienced window fitters may be able to become window surveyors and/or estimators, visiting customers premises, measuring up and offering quotations for new windows.

There are also opportunities within sales and marketing for this field.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only. The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) agrees wage rates annually.

Trainee fitters earn up to £12,500 a year.
With qualifications, fitters can expect around £16,500.
Experienced window fitters with additional responsibilities may earn up to £20,000 a year.

Overtime and various allowances can significantly increase income. Those self-employed negotiate their own rates.

Further information

Glass Training Limited *
Riverdale House
89 Graham Road
Sheffield
S10 3GP
Tel: 0114 263 2431
www.glass-training.co.uk

Glass Qualifications Authority Ltd
Provincial House
Solly Street
Sheffield
S1 4BA
Tel: 0114 272 0033
www.glassqualificationsauthority.com

* PLEASE NOTE
National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some are continuing to operate in their respective fields. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

The Secretary of State for Education and Skills is licensing new Sector Skills Councils - charged with boosting skills and productivity in business sectors. For information about Sector Skills Councils, their roles and responsibilities, please visit the Sector Skills Development Agency website: www.ssda.org.uk

Other Useful Window Fitter Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Window Fitter job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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