Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall
SOC: 47-2131.00

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
25,600 employed

Projected (2024):
27,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Air Conditioning Insulation Installer
  • Applicator
  • Attic Blower
  • Blower Insulator
  • Ceiling Insulation Blower
  • Composition Weatherboard Installer
  • Cork Insulation Installer
  • Cork Insulation Setter
  • Cork Insulator
  • Dampproofer
  • Fiberglass Insulation Installer
  • Firestop/Containment Worker
  • Firestopper Installer
  • Firestopper Technician
  • Hose Handler
  • Hoseman
  • Installer
  • Insulation Applicator
  • Insulation Blower
  • Insulation Engineman
  • Insulation Estimator
  • Insulation Hoseman
  • Insulation Installer
  • Insulation Machine Operator
  • Insulation Mechanic
  • Insulation Nozzleman
  • Insulation Power Unit Tender
  • Insulation Professional
  • Insulation Sprayer
  • Insulation Technician
  • Insulation Worker
  • Insulation Worker Apprentice
  • Insulation Worker Furnace Installer
  • Insulator
  • Interior Surface Insulation Worker
  • Refrigeration Plant Cork Insulator
  • Retrofit Installer
  • Rock Wool Applicator
  • Rock Wool Insulator
  • Spray Foam Installer
  • Wall Insulation Sprayer
  • Warehouse Insulation Worker


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Read blueprints and select appropriate insulation, based on space characteristics and the heat retaining or excluding characteristics of the material.
  • Measure and cut insulation for covering surfaces, using tape measures, handsaws, power saws, knives, or scissors.
  • 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.
  • Cover, seal, or finish insulated surfaces or access holes with plastic covers, canvas strips, sealants, tape, cement or asphalt mastic.
  • Distribute insulating materials evenly into small spaces within floors, ceilings, or walls, using blowers and hose attachments, or cement mortars.
  • Fill blower hoppers with insulating materials.
  • Move controls, buttons, or levers to start blowers and regulate flow of materials through nozzles.
  • 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.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Air compressors
  • Air filtering devices
  • Asbestos cutters
  • Batt knives
  • Blower machines
  • Caulking guns
  • Chalk lines
  • Desktop computers
  • Filtered vacuum cleaners
  • Hammer staplers
  • Hole saws
  • Hooded protective suits
  • Knives
  • Ladders
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Pneumatic staplers
  • Power drills
  • Power saws
  • Protective suits
  • R-value rulers
  • Reciprocating saws
  • Respirators
  • Saws
  • Scaffolding
  • Scissors
  • Screwdrivers
  • Sheet metal cutters
  • Sheet metal templates
  • Staple guns
  • Stud scrubbers
  • Tape measures
  • Trowels
  • CMSN FieldPAK
  • Comput-Ability Mechanical Insulation Key Estimator
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Windows
  • North American Insulation Manufacturers Association NAIMA 3E Plus
  • Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal


  • construction and extraction


    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580