Insulation Careers


The amount of energy it takes to cool or heat a building is greatly determined by the type of insulation on the ceiling, walls and other places. Boilers, refrigerated storage areas, steam pipes and other industrial containers that are expected to maintain temperature rely on insulation workers and equipment. An insulation worker utilizes a wide variety of techniques in installing different kinds of insulations. They include stapling, spraying, taping, cementing or fastening with wire bands. Insulations at times involves covering one material with a different one like glass fiber, cotton, clothe, rubber plastic or sheet metal to protect them.

How to Become an Insulator

Most insulation workers get on-the-job training, although internships are common as well. Employers prefer to hire applicants with a minimum high school diploma with a coursework in wood, metal or electric working being an advantage.

Types, Description, Information

Most of insulation workers work in the construction industry. Others are employed in shipbuilding industry, and other manufacturing industries that require heating and cooling systems.

Insulation workers often work indoors, at times in very confined places. This kind of work needs to be done standing, kneeling, bending, stretching or climbing on a ladder, therefore, some degree of physical fitness is necessary. There is sometimes danger involved; a common one is being burned with a hot object like a pipe. Some of the work in insulation requires protective gear like masks, full suits or respirators.

Qualifications: Courses, Training, Certification

To be an insulation worker, special job training will be necessary before you are a fully fledged or qualified insulation worker. Knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry, art and geography will be vital because the trade applies techniques and knowledge gained in these subjects. You must have clear communication skills and tolerance to extreme conditions.

Schools, Colleges, Universities

After acquiring your high school diploma, head to a college, university, vocational training centre or community college to get certification in insulation technology. After being on the job for awhile, insulation workers often get promoted to more senior positions like supervisory roles, or contract estimators. Some of the top colleges that offer courses in insulation are:

  1. Paramount University of Technology – Cheyenne, WY
  2. Reed College – Portland, OR
  3. Pacific Lutheran University – Tacoma, WA
  4. Hampshire College – Amherst, MA
  5. Harrington College – Chicago, IL

Job opportunities, Salaries and Recruitment

To apply to any of these jobs, you can get a directory of area construction companies, local builders’ association or local government agency opportunities on the internet or libraries.

The employment outlook of insulation workers is excellent. The salary range of an insulation worker varies with field of expertise. In 2008, ceiling, floor and wall insulators earned a median salary of $14.57 an hour while their mechanical counterparts earned a median of $16.03 an hour. Annually the average pay is $44,000.

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  1. shailendra shukla says:

    job for insulation supervisor

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