Tube Building Machine Operator

Tend machines that form air tubes from rubberized fabrics.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Tube Building Machine Operators do?

Tends machine that forms air tubes from rubberized fabric for use in pneumatic airplane de-icers: Examines fabric over light for such defects as holes, tears, and fabric misweaves. Cuts defects from rubberized fabric strip with scissors, and rewinds strip onto reel. Threads specified reels of rubberized fabric and paper gum tape into machine. Fills machine dispenser with powdered soapstone and adjusts machine for specified tube diameter, using handtools. Starts machine that shapes and seals rubberized fabric into tubular form, dusts tubing with soapstone, and winds tubing on reel. Carries loaded reel to storage rack.


Should I be a Tube Building Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • How to Become a
    Tube Building Machine Operator

    Most Tube Building Machine Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9gaaaa&chl=no+college+%2891%25%29|certificate+%289%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,91,91
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