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Insulation Workers

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Education
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€18k > 38
Cavity Wall Insulator
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(thousands per year)*
€18 - 38
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Installs heat insulation in buildings to improve their energy efficiency.


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Cavity wall insulators inject insulation materials between the walls of houses or other buildings to retain heat. They drill holes into the outside walls of a building and use a pump or a vacuum to suck insulation material from bags. This is injected into the walls of the building. Insulators may also be required to complete more traditional insulating work using materials such as kingspan etc. They need also to keep up to date with new advances in insulation.  
 
Insulation materials include mineral fibre, expanded polystyrene beads, granules or foam. A cavity wall insulator needs to have a basic knowledge of buildings and how they are made so they can use the most suitable insulation material.  
 
Most insulators work in pairs so that one can drill holes while the other fills the cavities. When the job is done, the cavity wall insulator cleans up the area and fills the holes in the brick with a matching mortar. They may be required to insulate existing structures or new buildings.  
 
Cavity wall insulators wear protective clothing such as overalls, a face mask, goggles and ear defenders.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Read blueprints and select appropriate insulation, based on space characteristics and the heat retaining or excluding characteristics of the material.

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Measure and cut insulation for covering surfaces, using tape measures, handsaws, power saws, knives, or scissors.

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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.

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Fit, wrap, staple, or glue insulating materials to structures or surfaces, using hand tools or wires.

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Cover, seal, or finish insulated surfaces or access holes with plastic covers, canvas strips, sealants, tape, cement or asphalt mastic.

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Distribute insulating materials evenly into small spaces within floors, ceilings, or walls, using blowers and hose attachments, or cement mortars.

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Fill blower hoppers with insulating materials.

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Move controls, buttons, or levers to start blowers and regulate flow of materials through nozzles.

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Prepare surfaces for insulation application by brushing or spreading on adhesives, cement, or asphalt, or by attaching metal pins to surfaces.

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Remove old insulation such as asbestos, following safety procedures.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Performing General Physical Activities: Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material: Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment: Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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Controlling Machines and Processes: Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Building and Construction: Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Transportation: Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

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Production and Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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Education and Training: Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

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Management of Personnel Resources: Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a cavity wall insulator you need to be physically fit and strong as you will need to stand for long periods, work from ladders and scaffolding, and lift heavy equipment. It is useful to have a basic knowledge of how buildings are constructed. You need to have a clean and tidy approach to work. You will need to be able to work alongside other trades people  
 
Although you will wear protective clothing and a face mask, the job may not be suitable for you if you suffer from allergies to dust or fibres. The ability to drive is useful.


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Organisation: Construction Industry Federation
Address: Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6
Tel: (01) 406 6000
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