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Mobile Home Set Up Technician  What They Do

Just the Facts


Moves or installs mobile homes or prefabricated buildings.

This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Construction pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Seals open sides of modular units to prepare them for shipment, using polyethylene sheets, nails, and hammers.
  • Moves and sets up mobile homes or prefabricated buildings on owners' lots or at mobile home parks.
  • Inspects, examines, and tests the operation of parts or systems to evaluate operating condition and to determine if repairs are needed.
  • Connects water hoses to inlet pipes of plumbing systems, and tests operation of plumbing fixtures.
  • Removes damaged exterior panels, repairs and replaces structural frame members, and seals leaks, using hand tools.
  • Lists parts needed, estimates costs, and plans work procedures, using parts lists, technical manuals, and diagrams.
  • Confers with customers or reads work orders to determine the nature and extent of damage to units.
  • Installs, repairs, and replaces units, fixtures, appliances, and other items and systems in mobile and modular homes, prefabricated buildings, or travel trailers, using hand tools or power tools.
  • Resets hardware, using chisels, mallets, and screwdrivers.
  • Repairs leaks in plumbing or gas lines, using caulking compounds and plastic or copper pipe.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 50 lbs., sometimes up to 100 lbs. You will need a lot of strength at this level.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupations requires climbing things such as ladders, scaffold, and poles more than one-third of the time
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation involves kneeling, crouching, stooping, and/or crawling more than one-third of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time
  • Work at heights above 8 feet more than once a month on structures such as ladders, poles, scaffolding, and catwalks

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Picking out a particular sound in the presence of other sounds
  • Maintaining a body position that prevents falling when in an unstable position
  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Moving the arms, legs and torso together when the whole body is in motion
  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Using muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Exerting oneself physically over long periods of time without getting out of breath
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

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