Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall

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About the Job

Line and cover structures with insulating materials. May work with batt, roll, or blown insulation materials.

It is also Called

  • Warehouse Insulation Worker
  • Wall Insulation Sprayer
  • Spray Foam Installer
  • Rock Wool Insulator
  • Rock Wool Applicator
  • Retrofit Installer
  • Refrigeration Plant Cork Insulator
  • Interior Surface Insulation Worker
  • Insulator
  • Insulation Worker Furnace Installer
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What They Do

  • Prepare surfaces for insulation application by brushing or spreading on adhesives, cement, or asphalt, or by attaching metal pins to surfaces.
  • Remove old insulation such as asbestos, following safety procedures.
  • Read blueprints and select appropriate insulation, based on space characteristics and the heat retaining or excluding characteristics of the material.
  • Cover, seal, or finish insulated surfaces or access holes with plastic covers, canvas strips, sealants, tape, cement or asphalt mastic.
  • Fill blower hoppers with insulating materials.
  • Move controls, buttons, or levers to start blowers and regulate flow of materials through nozzles.
  • Distribute insulating materials evenly into small spaces within floors, ceilings, or walls, using blowers and hose attachments, or cement mortars.
  • 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.
  • Fit, wrap, staple, or glue insulating materials to structures or surfaces, using hand tools or wires.
  • Measure and cut insulation for covering surfaces, using tape measures, handsaws, power saws, knives, or scissors.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: R.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $43,100 with most people making between $24,760 and $68,100

Outlook

1.21%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 660 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 740 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 8 openings due to growth and about 22 replacement openings for approximately 30 total annual openings.



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