Insulation Workers, Mechanical

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About the Job

Apply insulating materials to pipes or ductwork, or other mechanical systems in order to help control and maintain temperature.

It is also Called

  • Air Conditioning Insulation Installer
  • Blanket Maker
  • Boiler Coverer
  • Commercial Insulator
  • Firestopper Installer
  • Firestopper Technician
  • Heat and Frost Insulator
  • Industrial Insulator
  • Insulation Helper
  • Insulation Installer
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What They Do

  • Measure and cut insulation for covering surfaces, using tape measures, handsaws, knives, and scissors.
  • Remove or seal off old asbestos insulation, following safety procedures.
  • Fit insulation around obstructions, and shape insulating materials and protective coverings as required.
  • Determine the amounts and types of insulation needed, and methods of installation, based on factors such as location, surface shape, and equipment use.
  • Install sheet metal around insulated pipes with screws to protect the insulation from weather conditions or physical damage.
  • Apply, remove, and repair insulation on industrial equipment, pipes, ductwork, or other mechanical systems such as heat exchangers, tanks, and vessels, to help control noise and maintain temperatures.
  • Read blueprints and specifications to determine job requirements.
  • Select appropriate insulation, such as fiberglass, Styrofoam, or cork, based on the heat retaining or excluding characteristics of the material.
  • Cover, seal, or finish insulated surfaces or access holes with plastic covers, canvas strips, sealants, tape, cement, or asphalt mastic.
  • Prepare surfaces for insulation application by brushing or spreading on adhesives, cement, or asphalt, or by attaching metal pins to surfaces.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RCI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional and Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Ohio was $55,720 with most people making between $32,940 and $78,160

Outlook

1.96%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,070 people in Ohio. It is projected that there will be 1,280 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 21 openings due to growth and about 39 replacement openings for approximately 60 total annual openings.

Work Keys

This occupation requires a Silver certificate

Skill Level
Applied Mathematics4
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