Profession insulation worker

Insulation workers apply and repair insulating materials to buildings, boilers, pipes or refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

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Knowledge

  • Types of insulation material

    Various types of insulation material and their usage cases, advantages, risks and costs.

Skills

  • Follow safety procedures when working at heights

    Take necessary precautions and follow a set of measures that assess, prevent and tackle risks when working at a high distance from the ground. Prevent endangering people working under these structures and avoid falls from ladders, mobile scaffolding, fixed working bridges, single person lifts etc. since they may cause fatalities or major injuries.

  • Apply insulation strips

    Apply insulation strips, which prevent air exchange between outdoors and indoors areas.

  • Apply adhesive wall coating

    Apply an adhesive coating, usually based on PVA, to a wall to ensure a good bond between the wall and a covering layer, such as plaster.

  • Install insulation blocks

    Install insulation materials shaped into blocks on the outside or inside of a structure. Attach the blocks using an adhesive and a mechanical fixing system.

  • Follow health and safety procedures in construction

    Apply the relevant health and safety procedures in construction in order to prevent accidents, pollution and other risks.

  • Interpret 3D plans

    Interpret and understand plans and drawings in manufacturing processes which include representations in three dimensions.

  • Install insulation material

    Place insulation material, often shaped into rolls, in order to insulate a structure from thermical or acoustic influences and to prevent fire. Attach the material using face staples, inset staples, or rely on friction to keep the material in place.

  • Transport construction supplies

    Bring construction materials, tools and equipment to the construction site and store them properly taking various aspects into account such as the workers' safety and protection from deterioration.

  • Use measurement instruments

    Use different measurement instruments depending on the property to be measured. Utilise various instruments to measure length, area, volume, speed, energy, force, and others.

  • Apply proofing membranes

    Apply specialised membranes to prevent penetration of a structure by dampness or water. Securely seal any perforation to preserve the damp-proof or waterproof properties of the membrane. Make sure any membranes overlap top over bottom to prevent water from seeping in. Check the compatibility of multiple membranes used together.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Interpret 2D plans

    Interpret and understand plans and drawings in manufacturing processes which include representations in two dimensions.

  • Inspect construction supplies

    Check construction supplies for damage, moisture, loss or other problems before using the material.

  • Cut insulation material to size

    Cut insulation material to fit snugly into a space if that space is too small, too large, or of an irregular shape.

  • Apply house wrap

    Cover exterior surfaces with house wrap to prevent moisture from entering a structure, while allowing it to exit. Securely fasten the wrap with staples, often button staples. Tape seams.

  • Install construction profiles

    Install a variety of metal or plastic profiles used to attach materials to each other or to structural elements. Cut them to size if called for.

  • Use safety equipment in construction

    Use elements of protective clothing such as steel-tipped shoes, and gear such as protective goggles, in order to minimise risk of accidents in construction and to mitigate any injury if an accident does occur.

Optional knowledge and skills

energy performance of buildings use squaring pole protect surfaces during construction work work in a construction team keep personal administration use sander monitor stock level inspect insulation process incoming construction supplies calculate needs for construction supplies keep records of work progress maintain work area cleanliness create infrared imagery order construction supplies build scaffolding pump insulation beads into cavities advise on construction materials apply spray foam insulation energy efficiency install drop ceiling set up temporary construction site infrastructure answer requests for quotation

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