Hose Inspector and Patcher

Inspect and repair rubber hoses, using handtools.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Hose Inspector and Patchers do?

Inspects and repairs rubber hose, using handtools, vulcanizing equipment, and hydrostatic test equipment: Examines hose and couplings for defects, such as cracks, checks, and faulty seal around couplings. Tests hose, using hydrostatic test equipment, to detect leaks and weaknesses in hose walls [HOSE TESTER]. Cuts out defective area, using knife or saw, or strips rubber coating from fabric backing. Applies cement and cuts and cements patch to fabric backing or cements ends together after removal of defective section. Inserts repaired section in bench-molding machine and turns steam valve to vulcanize patch at specified temperature. Replaces couplings, steel bands, and gaskets, using pliers or crimping machine. Records vulcanizing time, nature of defects discovered, and repairs completed on quality control report. May repair hose returned by customers, according to nature of complaint specified on work ticket.


Should I be a Hose Inspector and Patcher?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Inspector and Patch Worker, Sparker and Patcher

    How to Become a
    Hose Inspector and Patcher

    Most Hose Inspector and Patchers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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