Who Are The Insulation Workers and What Do They Do?

May 22, 2015

How often do you meet one of these guys? Would you strike up a conversation with them? And what would you talk about?

If you’re an insulation contractor, that might be easy. These are the guys you hired. And the conversation might go something like this: “Get back to work!” What would you talk about? “Do the job like I taught ya.”

But for most people, those questions may never arise: After all, how often do you interact with your mail carrier? Or your barber – except for that obligatory small talk that occurs during those long stretches of incessant snipping.

So, just in case you’re wondering, we at Capitol Machine introduce to you: the insulation worker.

The Bottom Line

According to 2012 statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average insulation worker makes $17.28 per hour.

Who Are The Insulation Workers and What Do They Do?

The BLS lists no education requirements for insulation workers; mechanical insulation workers should have at least a high school diploma. High school courses in English, math, woodworking, mechanical drawing, algebra and science are considered helpful.

Are You Qualified?

Typically, insulation workers undergo a 4-year apprenticeship. The BLS states that usually insulation workers must earn at least a minimum of 1,700 hours of on-the-job training and a minimum of 144 hours of technical instruction, which includes learning about insulation techniques, basic job-related math skills, reading and drawing blueprints, general construction techniques, safety practices and first aid.

Basic requirements include being at least 18 years of age and being physically able to do the job.

Let Me See Your License

Workers who handle asbestos must undergo training sanctioned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Some contractors offer voluntary certification programs to help workers improve their skills.

Mechanical insulators can get certified through the National Insulation Association to do energy appraisals to gauge how insulation can help industrial customers.

What Does It Take Personally to be an Insulation Installer?

The BLS states that insulation workers should be able to work in confined spaces and have good coordination. They have to handle tools and materials in tight spots, which includes the ability to reach over their heads.

Mechanical skills are a must for installation installers, who have to use a variety of both hand and power tools.

Stamina is also very important; insulation workers spend most of their day standing, reaching, bending and stretching. Being fit is vital to success in this business.

Where Do They Work?

The United States had 52,100 insulators in 2012, according to the Department of Labor. Half of those worked as floor, ceiling and wall insulators. The others were mechanical insulators.

Drywall and insulation contractors employed most of them.  Workers spend most of their time indoors.

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