Career summary

Details for Manufactured Building and Mobile Home Installers


Description

Move or install mobile homes or prefabricated buildings.

Tasks

  • Seal open sides of modular units to prepare them for shipment, using polyethylene sheets, nails, and hammers.
  • Move and set up mobile homes or prefabricated buildings on owners' lots or at mobile home parks.
  • Inspect, examine, and test the operation of parts or systems to evaluate operating condition and to determine if repairs are needed.
  • Connect water hoses to inlet pipes of plumbing systems, and test operation of plumbing fixtures.
  • Remove damaged exterior panels, repair and replace structural frame members, and seal leaks, using hand tools.
  • List parts needed, estimate costs, and plan work procedures, using parts lists, technical manuals, and diagrams.
  • Confer with customers or read work orders to determine the nature and extent of damage to units.
  • Install, repair, and replace units, fixtures, appliances, and other items and systems in mobile and modular homes, prefabricated buildings, or travel trailers, using hand tools or power tools.
  • Reset hardware, using chisels, mallets, and screwdrivers.
  • Repair leaks in plumbing or gas lines, using caulking compounds and plastic or copper pipe.
  • Locate and repair frayed wiring, broken connections, or incorrect wiring, using ohmmeters, soldering irons, tape, and hand tools.
  • Open and close doors, windows, and drawers to test their operation, trimming edges to fit, using jackplanes or drawknives.
  • Connect electrical systems to outside power sources and activate switches to test the operation of appliances and light fixtures.
  • Refinish wood surfaces on cabinets, doors, moldings, and floors, using power sanders, putty, spray equipment, brushes, paints, or varnishes.

Interests

  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Education, training, experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

Knowledge

  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

Skills

  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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