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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

  • $63,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Insulation Installer Do

Insulation workers install and replace the materials used to insulate buildings and their mechanical systems to help control and maintain the temperatures in buildings. These workers are often referred to as insulators.

Duties

Insulation workers typically do the following:

  • Remove old insulation and dispose of it properly
  • Read blueprints and specifications to determine the requirements of the job
  • Determine the amount and type of insulation needed
  • Measure and cut insulation to fit into walls and around pipes
  • Fasten insulation in place with staples, tape, or screws
  • Use compressors to spray insulation into some spaces
  • Install plastic barriers to protect insulation from moisture
  • Follow safety guidelines

Properly insulated buildings save energy by keeping heat in during the winter and out in the summer. Insulated vats, vessels, boilers, steampipes, and hot-water pipes also prevent the wasteful loss of heat or cold and prevent burns. In addition, insulation helps reduce noise that passes through walls and ceilings.

When renovating old buildings, insulators often must remove the old insulation. In the past, asbestos—now known to cause cancer—was used extensively to insulate walls, ceilings, pipes, and industrial equipment. Because of this danger, hazardous materials removal workers or specially trained insulators are required to remove asbestos before workers can begin installation.

Insulation workers use common hand tools, such as knives and scissors. They also may use a variety of power tools, including power saws to cut insulating materials, welders to secure clamps, and staple guns to fasten insulation to walls. Some insulators use compressors to spray insulation.

Workers sometimes wrap a cover of aluminum, sheet metal, or vapor barrier (plastic sheeting) over the insulation. Doing so protects the insulation from contact damage and keeps moisture out.

Floor, ceiling, and wall insulators install insulation in attics, under floors, and behind walls in homes and other buildings. Most of these workers unroll, cut, fit, and staple batts of fiberglass insulation between wall studs and ceiling joists. Some workers, however, spray foam insulation with a compressor hose into the space being filled.

Mechanical insulators apply insulation to equipment, pipes, or ductwork in businesses, factories, and many other types of buildings. When insulating a steampipe, for example, they consider the temperature, thickness, and diameter of the pipe in determining the type of insulation to be used.

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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.

Education

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.

Training

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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Average Yearly Salary
$63,000
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$28,000
Min 10%
$63,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Median 50%
$63,000
Median 50%
$137,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Myrtle Beach
Highest Paying City
Omaha, NE
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.0 years
How much does an Insulation Installer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Insulation Installer in the United States is $63,095 per year or $30 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $29,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $137,000.

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
Insulation Installer Christian's Insulation Inc. Monticello, NY Jun 24, 2011 $36,168 -
$37,566
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 -
$33,684
Insulation Installar Quality Insulation, Ltd. Conroe, TX Feb 23, 2010 $20,197
Insulation Installer WCK Tx I, LLC DBA Leo Jones Insulating Company Tyler, TX Mar 28, 2012 $20,114
Insulation Installer Quality Insulation Houston, TX Feb 05, 2008 $19,764
Insulation Installer Quality Insulation Houston, TX Mar 05, 2008 $19,764
Insulation Installer Quality Insulation Houston, TX Mar 04, 2008 $19,764
Insulation Installer Quality Insulation Houston, TX Feb 29, 2008 $19,764
Insulation Installer Quality Insulation Houston, TX Feb 26, 2008 $19,764
Insulation Installer Quality Insulation Houston, TX Feb 25, 2008 $19,764
Insulation Installer Quality Insulation Houston, TX Feb 22, 2008 $19,764

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Top Skills for An Insulation Installer

  1. Insulation Installation
  2. Repair Insulation
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You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Gathered and organized tools and equipment to travel to customer locations for insulation installation, troubleshooting and maintenance.
  • Apply, remove, and repair insulation on industrial equipment, pipes ductwork, or other mechanical systems.
  • Operated truck in a safe and professional manner on public highways and at various job sites when delivering materials.
  • Remove or seal off old asbestos insulation, following safety procedures.
  • Install blown stabilized cellulose insulation and/or closed cell polyurethane spray foam insulation in residential and commercial applications.

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Insulation Installer Demographics

Gender

Male

84.4%

Unknown

10.2%

Female

5.4%
Ethnicity

White

64.3%

Hispanic or Latino

17.2%

Black or African American

10.6%

Asian

4.8%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

73.3%

Carrier

6.7%

Ukrainian

3.3%

German

3.3%

Dakota

3.3%

French

3.3%

Russian

3.3%

Hmong

3.3%
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Insulation Installer Education

Schools

The Academy

10.1%

Utah Valley University

10.1%

University of Phoenix

8.9%

Onondaga Community College

6.3%

Wake Technical Community College

5.1%

Hawkeye Community College

5.1%

Idaho State University

5.1%

Appalachian State University

3.8%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

3.8%

Ashford University

3.8%

Skagit Valley College

3.8%

Lane Community College

3.8%

Central Washington University

3.8%

Florida Department of Education

3.8%

Calhoun Community College

3.8%

Edmonds Community College

3.8%

Portland Community College

3.8%

Liberty University

3.8%

Kaplan University

3.8%

Illinois Central College

3.8%
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Majors

General Studies

14.9%

Business

12.5%

Criminal Justice

9.2%

Automotive Technology

6.0%

Precision Metal Working

4.8%

Heating And Air Conditioning

4.8%

Accounting

4.8%

Construction Management

4.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.9%

Computer Science

3.9%

Electrical Engineering

3.9%

Liberal Arts

3.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.3%

Drafting And Design

3.0%

Culinary Arts

3.0%

Industrial Technology

3.0%

Mechanical Engineering

3.0%

Graphic Design

3.0%

History

3.0%

Psychology

2.7%
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Degrees

Other

50.7%

Associate

17.7%

Bachelors

15.3%

Certificate

10.6%

Diploma

3.2%

Masters

2.2%

License

0.2%

Doctorate

0.2%
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