How to become a window fabricator

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly


You may be able to do an intermediate apprenticeship in window manufacturing or fenestration fabrication.

You could find an apprenticeship with a company that makes glazed items for homeowners or for business and industrial customers.

Employers will set their own entry requirements but are likely to expect that you have an understanding of maths for working from plans and doing simple calculations.

Entry requirements

To get onto an apprenticeship, you'll find it useful to have:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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You could begin as a general production operative or labourer with a window manufacturer and work your way up. There are courses you can do while working to help you get into more skilled fabrication jobs.

You could also start as a window fitter and move into fabrication work.

Direct Application

You can apply directly for jobs. Employers set their own entry requirements, though you'll need maths skills for measuring along with good practical skills.

Experience of general manufacturing and trades like window fitting or joinery may also be useful.

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Professional and industry bodies

You can get more information on careers in window fabrication and fenestration from Building Our Skills.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of maths
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • physical skills like movement, coordination and dexterity
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You'll make and glaze frames for items like:

  • windows
  • conservatories
  • doors
  • screens
  • curtain walling

You may specialise in manufacturing, using different types of materials like UPVC, aluminium, steel, timber, or wood and aluminium composite. Your work could involve:

  • reading and interpreting computer-aided drawings and plans
  • measuring and marking out
  • setting up machinery and equipment
  • using hand, power and machine tools to drill, cut and assemble frames
  • installing glass into frames and adding fittings like handles and locks
  • cleaning, inspecting and packaging finished products
  • loading and unloading delivery vehicles
  • completing paperwork, including job sheets and quality assurance documents

You'll work to production schedules and targets to meet customer demand. There may be opportunities to go on site to do surveys, assist with fitting or do quality control jobs.

Working environment

You could work in a factory, in a workshop, at a client's business or at a client's home.

Your working environment may be physically active.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into supervisory, quality control or management positions. You could work in other types of manufacturing or go into product sales.

You could move into jobs where you might go on site to help fix problems with fenestration products, or do surveys for customers looking to buy new ones, like conservatories.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Fenestration Fabrication Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £156.00 Weekly
  • Location: Southampton

Apprentice Fabricator

  • Wage: £156.00 Weekly
  • Location: Manchester

Courses In England

NVQ Diploma in Performing Manufacturing Operations Level 2

  • Start date: 01 November 2020
  • Location: Birmingham

NVQ Diploma in Performing Manufacturing Operations (Unit Route) Level 1

  • Start date: 01 November 2020
  • Location: Birmingham

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