Weatherization Installers and Technicians

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About the Job

Perform a variety of activities to weatherize homes and make them more energy efficient. Duties include repairing windows, insulating ducts, and performing heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) work. May perform energy audits and advise clients on energy conservation measures.

It is also Called

  • Weatherseal Technician
  • Weatherization Technician
  • Weatherization Specialist
  • Weatherization Installer
  • Weatherization Field Technician
  • Weatherization Director
  • Weatherization Crew Leader
  • Weatherization Coordinator
  • Weatherization and Housing Inspector
  • Weatherization Administrator
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What They Do

  • Install storm windows or storm doors and verify proper fit.
  • Apply spackling, compounding, or other materials to repair holes in walls.
  • Wrap water heaters with water heater blankets.
  • Make minor repairs using basic hand or power tools and materials, such as glass, lumber, and drywall.
  • Prepare and apply weather-stripping, glazing, caulking, or door sweeps to reduce energy losses.
  • Prepare cost estimates or specifications for rehabilitation or weatherization services.
  • Wrap air ducts and water lines with insulating materials, such as duct wrap and pipe insulation.
  • Contact residents or building owners to schedule appointments.
  • Clean and maintain tools and equipment.
  • Explain recommendations, policies, procedures, requirements, or other related information to residents or building owners.

Interests

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

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

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Working Conditions 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $36,160 with most people making between $19,820 and $51,570

Outlook

1.38%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 580 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 660 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 8 openings due to growth and about 12 replacement openings for approximately 20 total annual openings.



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