Neon Tube Pumper

Charge illuminated sign tubing with rare gases.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Neon Tube Pumpers do?

Charges illuminated sign tubing with rare gases: Attaches formed sign tubing to pumping unit through fused tubulations. Removes air from tubing by means of vacuum pump. Bombards tubing with high-voltage electric current to eliminate gaseous impurities. Reduces vacuum in tubing to specified point, using vacuum pump and vacuum gauge. Connects and opens rare gas bottle to admit rare gas, such as neon, argon, helium, krypton, xenon, distilled mercury, or blue gas to specified pressure as indicated by pressure gauge. Tests sign by connecting electrodes to secondary winding of transformer and observing color of light. Seals tubing by heating and closing tubulations. Connects tubing to transformer and operates several hours to age tubing. May paint or tape tubing to separate symbols.

Should I be a Neon Tube Pumper?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Neon Pumper

    How to become a Neon Tube Pumper

    Neon Tube Pumpers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Neon Tube Pumper-related education!
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