What Do Manufactured Building and Mobile Home Installers Do?
Prefabricated homes and other portable buildings are effective solutions to many housing and storage problems. Manufactured building and mobile home installers do the work of initially installing these types of structures and then moving them when needed.The United States as a whole expects to see a 15 percent decrease in the number of workers employed as manufactured building and mobile home installers. This still means that about 130 jobs are projected to open up each year to make up for current workers leaving the industry for one reason or another.
Manufactured Building and Mobile Home Installers Skills and Abilities
In order to install mobile homes and similar buildings, you must have at least a basic knowledge of building materials and construction techniques. You must also be able to safely operate machinery and equipment. You may need some design knowledge, including the ability to read and interpret blueprints, site plans and technical drawings. You will need to be able to transport large items and to develop good relationships with customers or clients.
Manufactured Building and Mobile Home Installers Duties
Prefabricated buildings are often shipped in pieces and assembled on-site. You must ensure that buildings reach their destinations in good condition, ready to be installed. If you are on the receiving end, you will have to inspect, reassemble and install the building. In order to fulfill the requirements of this job, you may have to:
- Prepare buildings for shipment by sealing them with plastic sheeting
- Transport buildings to their respective sites
- Set up buildings according to manufacturers’ and owners’ specifications
- Install appliances
- Seal gaps
- Connect plumbing, gas or water lines
- Connect electrical systems
- Test appliances and mechanical components
- Inspect buildings once they are set up, to make sure that everything is properly installed and in good working order
- Estimate the costs of repairs and other services
- Repair building panels and frames if needed
- Repair plumbing, gas or electrical systems as needed
- Refinish any scratched or dented surfaces
- Test all windows and doors and adjust them as needed
- Listen to customers’ concerns and work with them until they are satisfied
- Keep good records regarding work performed, as well as parts and materials used
Manufactured Building and Mobile Home Installers Tools and Technology
In your job as a mobile home installer, you will have to use basic building and finishing tools such as putty knives, hammers, paint brushes, power sanders, power drills, air compressors, multimeters, sanders, sprayers, levels and caulking guns. The technology you’ll use may be limited to email and web browsers, or may include databases for project management.
Education and Training for Manufactured Building and Mobile Home Installers
You should only need a high school diploma to install manufactured buildings, and no work experience is typically required. Most training is on-the-job. A training program in building and construction may give you an edge and supply the background knowledge you need to succeed.
Manufactured Building and Mobile Home Installers Salary
Most mobile home installers make between $19,100 and $48,400 per year. That’s $9.16 to $23.25 per hour. The median rate, meaning that half of all people doing this job earn more and half earn less, is $14.23 per hour or $29,600 per year.
Manufactured Building and Mobile Home Installers Jobs by Geography
New Hampshire reports the highest median wage in this field at $44,200 per year, or $21.25 per hour. A total of 27 states report a median wage in this field of at least $20,000 per year, with 14 of them reporting at least $30,000. The states of Florida and Washington predict the highest percentage of growth for this occupation, but 15 other states predict decreases.