Pressure Sealer and Tester

Clean, seal, and test aircraft pressurized sections and cavities.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $62,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Pressure Sealer and Testers do?

Cleans, seals, and tests aircraft pressurized sections and cavities, according to blueprints and specifications, using handtools, power tools, and pressure testing equipment: Reads and interprets blueprints and process specifications to determine area to be sealed, volume of pressure to be applied, and allowable tolerances. Applies cleaning solvent or other solution to interior and exterior surfaces of section to be sealed, such as fuel and water tanks, integral wings, and fuselage, using brushes, rags, spray guns, liquid vacuum cleaners, and air hoses. Applies sealing compounds to surfaces, using fillet guns, brushes, and similar equipment. Dries sealant, using heat lamps and compressed hot air. Bolts access doors and hatches, disconnects plumbing lines, electrical cable and rigging, and caps connections with plugs and threaded fixtures to make section airtight. Sets up and operates pressure-testing equipment to detect leakage. Visually and audibly checks for leakage of areas under pressure, and applies sealing tape, cement, liquid rubber, grommets, and other aids to eliminate leakage. Reinstalls accessories disconnected prior to test. May repair structural defects, using tools and equipment. May seal and test integral wing sections serving as fuel cells, working within closed or difficult areas to access, and be designated Fuel Tank Sealer And Tester or Integral Tank Sealer. May seal and pressurize aircraft fuselage sections and be designated Pressurization Mechanic or Pressurizer. May set up and operate air pressure cabinet located outside section being tested by others to maintain constant internal pressure and be designated Pressurization Mechanic, Air Control.

Should I be a Pressure Sealer and Tester?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Fuel Tank Sealer and Tester, Pressurizer, Sealer, Aircraft, Tool Adjuster

    How to Become a
    Pressure Sealer and Tester

    Pressure Sealer and Testers 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 Pressure Sealer and Tester-related education!
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