Careers in Manufactured Housing
Come home to a career … In manufactured housing.
The manufactured housing industry provides Americans with homes that are well-built, beautiful and affordable. We’re all about homes, of course, but in more ways than one. We’re home to a wide variety of rewarding careers, including production, transportation, installation, home sales and community management.
A Manufactured Housing Career May Be Your Perfect Fit
There are many reasons to consider working in the manufactured housing industry.
- We build quality homes that are in high-demand. Over 100 thousand new manufactured homes were built last year and the housing market is projected to remain hot for years to come.
- We make homeownership possible. Manufactured homes are a vital option for affordable housing … with a cost per square foot that is HALF the cost of a home built on-site.
- We affect the lives of millions of Americans. In fact, over 22 million people currently live in manufactured homes.
- We create neighborhoods. Nationwide, you’ll find over 43,000 land-lease communities created just for manufactured homes … located in the country, the city and the suburbs.
- Most jobs do not require previous experience or even a college degree. Training and licensing opportunities are available to hard workers who are interested in coming home to a rewarding career in manufactured housing.
Join our growing community and you’ll find rewarding jobs that help people achieve their dreams!
Members of a manufactured home production team don’t just assemble wood, metal and glass into a house; they build innovative and attainable homes for families across the country.
Manufactured Home Production Team Members specialize in building transportable houses in a factory setting. These craftspeople work on a production line and construction is completed under factory supervision, with each step monitored according to federal and state guidelines.
From the construction of the chassis that serves as the home’s supporting foundation, to adding the floor, walls, roof, plumbing and electrical systems, manufactured home assemblers use hand, air, and electrical tools, read blueprints, and follow precision standards to build homes for everyday Americans.
If you enjoy construction but don’t like working in inclement weather or driving to a different job site every day a manufactured home production team member is the position for you. It’s a rewarding career of building homes for generations to come.
Manufactured Home Transporter
Manufactured Home Transporters deliver manufactured houses to the home site—precious cargo that will become someone’s home for many years to come.
Manufactured homes are transported with heavy duty semi-trucks from the factory to the retailer or customer’s home site. Due to the over-sized dimensions of the houses, they require one or two escort vehicles depending on the state. In addition to a driver’s license, qualifications may include a CDL A, clean driving record, DOT physical examination and passing drug screening.
If you are reliable, enjoy trucking but like being home at night andwant to deliver the American Dream of a new home, a career as manufactured home transporter may be perfect for you.
Manufactured Home Installer
As the last person to work on the home before the new owner moves in, the installer is putting the finishing touches on helping the buyer achieve the American dream of homeownership.
Licensed Manufactured Home Installers set, level, install and anchor manufactured homes. Manufactured homes are built off-site in a factory and transported in 12, 14 or 16 foot wide sections to the home site. The installer is responsible for setting up the home (single or multiple sections) either on a private lot or in a land-lease community.
This is a profitable position for people who like work outdoors and solve problems with tools, their hands and mind as part of the final construction phase of a home that will be enjoyed for many years to come.
MHEI offers online training for installers of manufactured homes to meet the education requirements for licensing.
Manufactured Home Community Manager
As the “go to” person, the community manager creates a neighborhood where residents are proud to call home.
Manufactured Home Community Managers are responsible for managing the day-to-day operations for land-lease manufactured home communities. Community managers oversee property operations, appearance of the community and its amenities, selling homes and leasing home sites, organizing social activities, and making sure residents of the community are safe, comfortable and happy. Duties may include regular operational tasks such as collecting rent payments, managing supplies and marketing materials, developing staff, and protecting all company assets.
If you’re a person who likes working with others and helping them discover their perfect place to live and raise a family, this fulfilling position provides long-term career possibility.
The ACM® program is a comprehensive study of manufactured home community management topics. This program covers a broad range of manufactured home community management topics to include: management and resident policies, community maintenance, leasing and sales techniques, marketing communities, taxes, insurance, financial management, business planning, physical asset management, federal laws and fair housing law. Community owners, managers and others in key management roles within a community may attend classes.
Manufactured Home Consultants help people achieve their goal of homeownership.
Manufactured Home Sales Consultants assist customers identify a floor plan, select options, and coordinate the construction process of their home. Sales experience is helpful but not always required. Manufactured home sales consultants may work for a manufactured housing community or a retail sales center. Compensation often includes base salary plus commission and can reach into the six-figures
If you are a people person and enjoy helping others in their quest for the American Dream of homeownership, a manufactured home consultant is the career for you.
MHI’s Professional Housing Consultant (PHC®) Designation Program
MHI provides high-quality education and training without leaving your home or office.
MHI organizes numerous industry meetings and events where industry members can network, learn about issues the industry cares about, and get the knowledge to help their businesses prosper. The conferences and meetings include the Congress & Expo, NCC Fall Leadership Forum, NCC Spring Forum, MHI Annual Meeting, Legislative Fly-Ins and more.