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Become An Insulation Installer

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Working As An Insulation Installer

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $19,764

    Average Salary

What Does An Insulation Installer Do At Sunshine Insulation

* Measure and cut insulation for covering surfaces, using tape measures, handsaws, power saws, knives, or scissors.
* Fit, wrap, staple, or glue insulating materials to structures or surfaces, using hand tools or wires.
* Cover and line structures with blown or rolled forms of materials to insulate against cold, heat, or moisture, using saws, knives, rasps, trowels, blowers, or other tools and implements.
* Distribute insulating materials evenly into small spaces within floors, ceilings, or walls, using blowers and hose attachments.
* Move controls, buttons, or levers to start blowers and regulate flow of materials through nozzles.
* Fill blower hoppers with insulating materials.
* Cover, seal, or finish insulated surfaces
* Read blueprints and select appropriate insulation, based on space characteristics and the heat retaining or excluding characteristics of the material.
* Remove old insulation such as asbestos, following safety

What Does An Insulation Installer Do At Tradesmen International, Inc.

* Apply fiberglass duct wrap
* Willing to take OSHA 10 Certification
* Studying building plans and working drawings to determine work aids required and sequence of installations
* Diagnosing causes of equipment breakdowns, testing parts with appropriate instruments, disassembling and assembling parts, and making necessary repairs
* Locating and marking position of pipe and/or duct connections and passage holes for same in walls and floors and then cutting openings to accommodate pipe and/or duct fittings, using hand tools and power tools
* Cutting and threading pipe, using pipe cutters, cutting torch, and pipe-threading machine
* Connecting motors to control panels and balancing motors to insure efficient operation and connecting control panels to power source

What Does An Insulation Installer Do At R&K Building Supplies

* Install Insulation (Cellulose Wall Spray and Foam Installers)
* Preparation Work
* Load and Unload Material - up to 75 lbs.
* Perform Safety Checks
* Job Site Cleanup

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How To Become An Insulation Installer

Most floor, ceiling, and wall insulation workers learn their trade on the job since no formal education is typically required. Most mechanical insulation workers complete an apprenticeship program after earning a high school diploma or equivalent.


There are no specific education requirements for floor, ceiling, and wall insulation workers. Mechanical insulation workers should have a high school diploma. High school courses in basic math, woodworking, mechanical drawing, algebra, and general science are considered helpful for all insulation workers.


Most floor, ceiling, and wall insulation workers learn their trade on the job. New workers are provided basic instruction on installation and begin to place insulation immediately. Insulators who install blown or sprayed insulation will work alongside more experienced workers to learn how to operate equipment before being tasked with leading a spray installation job.

Most mechanical insulation workers learn their trade through a 4-year apprenticeship. Some apprenticeships may last up to 5 years, depending on the program. For each year of a typical program, apprentices must have at least 1,700 to 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training and a minimum of 144 hours of related technical instruction. Technical instruction includes learning about installation techniques as well as basic mathematics, how to read and draw blueprints, general construction techniques, safety practices, and first aid.

Unions and individual contractors offer apprenticeship programs. Although most new workers start out by entering apprenticeships directly, others begin by working as helpers. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans. The basic qualifications required for entering an apprenticeship program are as follows:

  • Being 18 years old
  • Being physically able to do the work
Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Insulation workers who remove and handle asbestos must be trained through a program accredited by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Insulation contractor organizations offer voluntary certification to help workers prove their skills and knowledge of residential and industrial insulation.

The National Insulation Association also offers a certification for mechanical insulators who conduct energy appraisals to determine if and how insulation can benefit industrial customers.

Important Qualities

Dexterity. Insulation workers must be able to work in confined spaces while maintaining coordination and control of tools and materials. Also, insulators often must reach above their heads to fit and fasten insulation into place.

Math Skills. Mechanical insulators need to measure the size of the equipment or pipe they are insulating. This is especially important when insulation is formed off site so that additional cuts are unnecessary.

Mechanical skills. Insulation workers use a variety of hand and power tools to install insulation. Those who apply foam insulation, for example, must be able to operate and maintain a compressor and sprayer to spread the foam onto walls or across attics.

Physical stamina. Insulators may spend up to 12 hours a day standing, reaching, and bending. Workers should be able to stay physically active without getting tired.

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Insulation Installer Demographics


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  • White

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Swedish

  • Ukrainian

  • German

  • French

  • Russian

  • Hmong

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Real Insulation Installer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Insulation Installer Statewide Insulation DBA Tri County Insulation Santa Cruz, CA Dec 15, 2010 $55,222
Insulation Installer Christian's Insulation, Inc. Monticello, NY May 28, 2015 $54,974
Supervisor of Insulation Installer Robinson Brothers ENV. Inc. Waunakee, WI Apr 15, 2011 $49,712
Crew Supervisor, Insulation Installation Wilco Enterprises, Inc. Ocala, FL Jun 02, 2015 $41,891
Insulation Installer Christian's Insulation Inc. Monticello, NY Jun 24, 2011 $36,168 -
Insulation Installer WCK Tx 1, LLC Tyler, TX Jun 22, 2016 $31,928
Insulation Installers Powers Thermal Insulation Colorado Springs, CO Jan 29, 2008 $23,541 -
Insulation Installer WCK Tx I, LLC DBA Leo Jones Insulating Company Tyler, TX Mar 28, 2012 $20,114
Insulation Installer Quality Insulation Houston, TX Mar 04, 2008 $19,764
Insulation Installer Staley's Insulating Inc. West Jefferson, NC Dec 13, 2010 $19,764
Insulation Installer Staley's Insulating Inc. West Jefferson, NC Dec 07, 2010 $19,764
Insulation Installer Staley's Insulating Inc. West Jefferson, NC Dec 08, 2010 $19,764
Insulation Installer Staley's Insulating Inc. West Jefferson, NC Apr 10, 2009 $19,764
Insulation Installer Staley's Insulating Inc. West Jefferson, NC May 07, 2009 $19,764

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Top Skills for An Insulation Installer


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Top Insulation Installer Skills

  1. Job Site Cleanup
  2. Cellulose Insulation
  3. Common Hand Tools
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Handled job site cleanup and completed paperwork required for reporting.
  • Worked together on a construction crew installing cellulose insulation into both new construction and remodeled homes.
  • Used a variety of tools to effectively complete jobs including common hand tools and compression sprays.
  • Install 2-part spray foam insulation on basement rim band, knee walls, foundations, etc.
  • Replaced old insulation in walls and attics.

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