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Career Details :: Insulation Workers, Mechanical
Apply insulating materials to pipes or ductwork, or other mechanical systems in order to help control and maintain temperature.
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Some may require a bachelor's degree.
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.
- Covers, seals, or finishes insulated surfaces or access holes with plastic covers, canvas ships, sealant, tape, cement, or asphalt mastic.
- Fits, wraps, or attaches insulating materials to structures of surfaces, using hand tools or wires, following blueprint specifications.
- Prepare surfaces for insulation application by brushing or spreading on adhesives, cement, or asphalt or attaching metal pins to surfaces.
- Reads blueprints and selects appropriate insulation, based on the heat-retaining or -excluding characteristics of the material.
- Moves controls, buttons, or levers to start blower and regulate flow of materials through nozzle.
- Measures and cuts insulation for covering surfaces, using tape measure, handsaw, knife, or scissors.
- Fills blower hopper with insulating materials.
- Evenly distributes insulating materials into small spaces within floors, ceilings, or walls, using blower and hose attachments or cement mortar.
- Drywall Installers
- Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles
- Mold Makers, Hand
- Molding and Casting Workers
General Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Controlling Machines and Processes
- Implementing Ideas, Programs, etc.
Frequent Work Context
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Consequence of Error
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate