Tube and Manifold Builder

Build tubes and manifolds of rubberized fabrics.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Tube and Manifold Builders do?

Builds tubes and manifolds of rubberized fabric for use in pneumatic airplane deicers: Lifts roll of rubberized fabric sheeting to letoff racks and unwinds it onto table. Lays out and draws outline of specified size tubes and manifolds on rubberized fabric, using rule, template, and chalkline. Cuts outlined section from rubberized fabric, using scissors and knife. Positions and wraps cut fabric section around metal forming bar, and aligns and splices edges by pressing gum tape over edges of fabric on bar, using roller. Pulls out forming bar and blows soapstone into rubberized tubing with airhose to prevent inner surfaces from sticking together. Winds number of tubing sections required for one deicer onto reel. Attaches identification tag to loaded reel and carries it to storage rack.

Should I be a Tube and Manifold Builder?

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

  • How to Become a
    Tube and Manifold Builder

    Tube and Manifold Builders 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 Tube and Manifold Builder-related education!
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