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Insulation Workers, Mechanical

Also called: Industrial Insulator, Insulation Mechanic, Insulator, Mechanical Insulator

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Navy.

What they do:
Apply insulating materials to pipes or ductwork, or other mechanical systems in order to help control and maintain temperature.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
  • mechanical
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • customer service


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Independence
  • Persistence
  • Initiative
  • Integrity


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • CMSN FieldPAK
  • Comput-Ability Mechanical Insulation Key Estimator
Analytical or scientific software
  • North American Insulation Manufacturers Association NAIMA 3E Plus
Project management software
  • Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
no high school diploma/GED or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Get started on your career:

Registered Apprenticeship

Job Outlook

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