In Summary - Industrial Insulator
Industrial Insulators typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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The Work - Industrial Insulator
The Industrial Insulator's job involves measuring, cutting and fitting a variety of insulation materials to pipe work, valves, pressure vessels, tanks, ducting, flues or on any hot or cold surfaces for the purpose of thermal insulation, fireproofing or soundproofing. It also involves the cladding of the insulation material with suitable coverings.
Metal cladding involves pattern layout and development of sheet metal (mild steel, galvanised mild steel, stainless steel, aluminium and other alloys) up to 1.2 mm and the use of various machines. These patterns would include pipe work, vessels, domed ends, valve and flange boxes, tee pieces, reducers, transformers etc.
The patterns are fabricated by hand and with the aid of machines. They are then joined and assembled using self-securing joints, riveting, fasteners, flanging, swaging and banding suited to the appropriate finishing techniques. Non-metallic finishing may be joined by adhesives, banding or strapping as appropriate.
With the onset of new technology, modern cutting and cladding involves the use of CNC machinery. Planning, costing/estimating, quality control and environmental considerations (energy conservation) are areas in which the Industrial Insulating will operate to ensure cost effectiveness throughout the industry.
Most commonly reported Work 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 in order 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.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- 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.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Training and Teaching Others Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Interests - Industrial Insulator
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
You must have good practical skills and a high level of technical knowledge. You need to be physically fit to cope with bending, lifting and stretching. You will need nimble fingers to handle small parts and hand tools.
You should be logical, patient and have good organisational skills to prioritise your workload. It is important for industrial insulators to have good communication skills, because they need to deal effectively with customers.
Entry Requirements - Industrial Insulator
The official entry route for a Industrial Insulator is through undertaking an apprenticeship.
Pay & Salary - Industrial Insulator
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 11k - 27k
Apprentice Training Allowances (Gross Wage Norms)
Training allowances for apprentices are calculated with reference to gross wage norms payable in industry for the different trade sectors. The actual allowance received will generally be less as it is based on the net take home pay calculated based on the Gross Wage Norm.
Year Gross Wage Norm
Phase 2 €197.47
Phase 4 €296.42
Phase 6 €439.51
4th Year €531.49
Mechanical Automation & Maintenance Fitting
Fully qualified Industrial Insulators can expect to earn significantly more than the final year apprentice rate.
Last Updated: March, 2016
* 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.