Insulation Workers, Mechanical
SOC: 47-2132.00


Apply insulating materials to pipes or ductwork, or other mechanical systems in order to help control and maintain temperature.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
30,100 employed

Projected (2024):
35,900 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
  • Blanket Maker
  • Boiler Coverer
  • Commercial Insulator
  • Firestopper Installer
  • Firestopper Technician
  • Heat and Frost Insulator
  • Industrial Insulator
  • Insulation Helper
  • Insulation Installer
  • Insulation Machine Operator
  • Insulation Mechanic
  • Insulation Power Unit Tender
  • Insulation Worker
  • Insulation Worker Apprentice
  • Insulation Worker Furnace Installer
  • Insulator
  • Marine Insulator
  • Mechanic Insulator
  • Mechanical Insulator
  • Pipe Coverer
  • Pipe Coverer and Insulator
  • Pipe Insulator
  • Refrigeration Insulator
  • Scaffold Builder
  • Sheet Metal Insulator

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


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


    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
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • 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
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Measure and cut insulation for covering surfaces, using tape measures, handsaws, knives, and scissors.
  • Fit insulation around obstructions, and shape insulating materials and protective coverings as required.
  • Determine the amounts and types of insulation needed, and methods of installation, based on factors such as location, surface shape, and equipment use.
  • Install sheet metal around insulated pipes with screws to protect the insulation from weather conditions or physical damage.
  • Apply, remove, and repair insulation on industrial equipment, pipes, ductwork, or other mechanical systems such as heat exchangers, tanks, and vessels, to help control noise and maintain temperatures.
  • Select appropriate insulation, such as fiberglass, Styrofoam, or cork, based on the heat retaining or excluding characteristics of the material.
  • Read blueprints and specifications to determine job requirements.
  • Cover, seal, or finish insulated surfaces or access holes with plastic covers, canvas strips, sealants, tape, cement, or asphalt mastic.
  • Prepare surfaces for insulation application by brushing or spreading on adhesives, cement, or asphalt, or by attaching metal pins to surfaces.
  • Remove or seal off old asbestos insulation, following safety procedures.
  • Distribute insulating materials evenly into small spaces within floors, ceilings, or walls, using blowers and hose attachments or cement mortar.
  • Move controls, buttons, or levers to start blowers, and to regulate flow of materials through nozzles.
  • Fill blower hoppers with insulating materials.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Acetylene torches
  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Air compressors
  • Air filtering devices
  • Batt knives
  • Caulking guns
  • Chalk lines
  • Conduit benders
  • Copper benders
  • Copper cutters
  • Desktop computers
  • Drop cloths
  • Filtered vacuum cleaners
  • Hacksaws
  • Hammer staplers
  • Hole saws
  • Hooded protective suits
  • Industrial sewing machines
  • Knives
  • Ladders
  • Notebook computers
  • Painters whites
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Pneumatic staplers
  • Power drills
  • Power saws
  • Protective suits
  • R-value rulers
  • Reciprocating saws
  • Respirators
  • Safety glasses
  • 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
  • North American Insulation Manufacturers Association NAIMA 3E Plus
  • Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal

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    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580