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Become An Insulator

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Working As An Insulator

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Getting Information
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $50,620

    Average Salary

What Does An Insulator Do At CB&I

* Reads and interprets blue prints, instructions, and other documentation or plan work activities.
* Determines the amounts and selects required insulation material (in sheet, tubular, or roll form), such as fiberglass, foam rubber, Styrofoam, cork, or urethane, based on material's ability to retain heat, location, surface, shape, and equipment use.
* Moves materials and equipment to work locations and sets up work site.
* Cover, seal, or finish insulated surfaces or access holes with plastic covers, canvas strips, sealants, tape, cement or asphalt mastic.
* Fit insulation around obstructions, and shape insulating materials and protective coverings as required.
* Install sheet metal around insulated pipes with screws in order to protect the insulation from weather conditions or physical damage
* Measure and cut insulation for covering surfaces, using tape measures, handsaws, knives, and scissors.
* Prepare surfaces for insulation application by brushing or spreading on adhesives, cement, or asphalt, or by attaching metal pins to surfaces.
* Covers or seals insulation with preformed plastic covers, canvas strips, sealant, or tape to secure insulation to structure, according to type of insulation used and structure covered, using staple gun, trowel, paintbrush, or caulking gun.
* Follows all hazardous waste handling guidelines.
* May remove or seal off old asbestos insulation, following safety procedures.
* Completes records, maintains tools and equipment, and performs various clean-up and housekeeping activities.
* Responsible for observing and complying with all safety and project rules, including wearing required personal safety equipment.
* Performs other duties as required.
* Work within precise limits or standards of accuracy.
* Apply shop mathematics to solve problems.
* Plan work and select proper tools.
* Compare and see differences in the size, shape and form of lines, figures and objects.
* Visualize objects in three dimensions from plans and drawings.
* Make decisions based on measurable criteria.
* Work at heights without fear

What Does An Insulator Do At BHI Energy

* Participate in Pre
* Job Briefings
* Follow safe work practices
* Industrial Safety Procedure
* Use administrative documents, procedures, data sheets/fonns properly.
* Climb and work from ladders and scaffolding
* Lift minimum of fifty pounds

What Does An Insulator Do At Architect of The Capitol

* Monday
* Friday: 3:30AM
* noon
* The employee may be required to work an Alternate Work Schedule.
* Hours may change depending on the operational needs of Management.
* This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol, Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Superintendent, House Office Buildings, Facility Operations Division, Mechanical Systems Day Branch

What Does An Insulator Do At Office of Naval Research

* Fabricate and install or remove insulating materials, including asbestos on tanks, boilers, turbines, pumps, pipes, valves, ducts, and other structures to reduce heat loss or absorption, prevent moisture condensation, reduce sound levels, or retard fires.
* Identify, collect, process, stabilize, neutralize, consolidate, and/or separate hazardous waste in preparation for disposal

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How To Become An Insulator

Although most plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters learn on the job through an apprenticeship, some start out by attending a technical school. Most states and localities require plumbers to be licensed.


A high school diploma or equivalent is required.

Technical schools offer courses on pipe system design, safety, and tool use. They also offer welding courses that are considered necessary by some pipefitter and steamfitter apprenticeship training programs.


Most plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters learn their trade through a 4- or 5-year apprenticeship. Each year, apprentices must have at least 1,700 to 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training and a minimum of 246 hours of related technical education.

In the classroom, apprentices learn safety, local plumbing codes and regulations, and blueprint reading. They also study mathematics, applied physics, and chemistry.

Apprenticeship programs are offered by unions and businesses. Although most workers enter apprenticeships directly, some start out as helpers. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans. To enter an apprenticeship program, a trainee must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Pass a basic math test
  • Pass substance abuse screening
  • Know how to use computers

Some plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters learn on the job through specific task-oriented training. Employers provide training that enables workers to complete a variety of tasks. The Home Builders Institute offers a pre-apprenticeship training program for eight construction trades, including plumbing.

After completing an apprenticeship program, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters are considered to be journey workers, qualifying them to perform duties on their own.

With additional technical education and several years of plumbing experience, plumbers are eligible to earn master status. Some states require a business to employ a master plumber in order to obtain a plumbing contractor’s license.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states and localities require plumbers to be licensed. Although licensing requirements vary, most states and localities require workers to have 2 to 5 years of experience and to pass an exam that shows their knowledge of the trade and of local plumbing codes before they are permitted to work independently.

A few states require pipefitters to be licensed. Several states require a special license to work on gas lines. Obtaining a license requires taking a test, gaining experience through work, or both. For more information, check with your state’s licensing board.

Important Qualities

Business skills. Plumbers who own their own business must be able to direct workers, bid on jobs, and plan work schedules.

Customer-service skills. Plumbers work with customers on a regular basis, so they should be polite and courteous.

Mechanical skills. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters use a variety of tools to assemble and repair pipe systems. Choosing the right tool and successfully installing, repairing, or maintaining a system is crucial to their work.

Physical strength. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters must be strong enough to lift and move heavy pipe.

Troubleshooting skills. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters find, diagnose, and repair problems. For example, pipefitters must be able to perform pressure tests to pinpoint the location of a leak.

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Insulator Demographics


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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Vietnamese

  • French



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Top Skills for An Insulator


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Top Insulator Skills

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Fiberglass Cloth
  3. Tape Measures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Removed or sealed off old asbestos insulation, following safety procedures.
  • Laminate fiberglass cloth and mix bonding materials.
  • Measure and cuts insulation for covering surfaces using tape measures, hand saws, scissors, or knives.
  • Provided great service while installing duct wrap over ducts.
  • Complete paperwork of transferring material to job sites, conduct inventory of material on site and perform job duties as assigned.

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