Applies insulating materials to pipes or ductwork, or other mechanical systems in order to help control and maintain temperature.
This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Construction pathway.
A person in this career:
- Measures and cuts insulation for covering surfaces, using tape measures, handsaws, knives, and scissors.
- Fits insulation around obstructions, and shapes insulating materials and protective coverings as required.
- Determines the amounts and types of insulation needed, and methods of installation, based on factors such as location, surface shape, and equipment use.
- Installs sheet metal around insulated pipes with screws to protect the insulation from weather conditions or physical damage.
- Applies, removes, and repairs insulation on industrial equipment, pipes, ductwork, or other mechanical systems such as heat exchangers, tanks, and vessels, to help control noise and maintain temperatures.
- Reads blueprints and specifications to determine job requirements.
- Selects appropriate insulation, such as fiberglass, Styrofoam, or cork, based on the heat retaining or excluding characteristics of the material.
- Covers, seals, or finishes insulated surfaces or access holes with plastic covers, canvas strips, sealants, tape, cement, or asphalt mastic.
- Prepares surfaces for insulation application by brushing or spreading on adhesives, cement, or asphalt, or by attaching metal pins to surfaces.
- Removes or seals off old asbestos insulation, following safety procedures.