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Insulation Workers

Insulation Workers
Quick Facts : Insulation Workers*
2010 Median Pay$35,110
Entry Level Education
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201251,400
Job Outlook28% (Faster than average)
Employment Change14,400

Insulation workers install and replace the materials used to insulate buildings and their mechanical systems to help control and maintain temperature. Properly insulated buildings save energy by keeping heat in during the winter and out in the summer. Insulated vats, vessels, boilers, steam pipes, and hot-water pipes also prevent the wasteful loss of heat or cold and prevent burns. Insulation also helps reduce noise that passes through walls and ceilings.

What Insulation Workers Do

  • Remove old insulation and dispose of it properly
  • Determine the amounts and types of insulation needed
  • Measure and cut insulation to fit into walls and around pipes
  • Fasten insulation in place with staples, tape, or screws
  • Install plastic barriers to protect insulation from moisture

Work Environment

Insulation workers generally work indoors in residential and industrial settings. They spend most of the workday standing, bending, or kneeling, often in confined spaces. Floor, ceiling, and wall insulators have a much higher rate of injury and illness than mechanical insulators.
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Job Outlook

Overall employment of insulation workers is expected to grow 28 percent from 2010 to 2020 with employment expected to grow 23 percent for floor, ceiling, and wall insulators.
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The average salary of insulation workers in May 2010 was $35,110.
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Becoming a Insulation Workers

Most floor, ceiling, and wall insulation workers learn their trade informally on the job. Most mechanical insulators complete a formal apprenticeship program. Most mechanical insulation workers learn their trade through apprenticeships which may last up to 5 years, depending on the program. For each year of the 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.
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