Insulation Workers, Mechanical:

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

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $57,600.00
Average Time to Fill 35 days
Typical Education High school equivalency
Typical Experience None
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 851
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 11.19 %

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Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Work Ethic
Information Gathering
Resource Allocation
Critical Thinking

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Handling and Moving Objects

Adjust industrial, manufacturing, or production equipment
Set mechanical or electrical controls or components
Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance
Assemble electronic, electrical, or electromechanical equipment
Operate pipe fitting equipment
Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair
Cut construction material
Solder metal parts, piping, or components
Install attachments to machinery or related structures
Install machine or equipment replacement parts
Weld metal structures
Install electronic equipment, components, or systems
Reassemble equipment after repair
Install industrial machinery or equipment
Adjust mechanical equipment
Align equipment or machinery
Adjust measuring or control devices
Weld metal parts and components
Apply adhesives, caulking, or sealants
Apply adhesives to construction materials
Apply protective sealants or coatings
Assemble equipment or components
Bend tubing or conduit
Adjust electrical or electronic equipment
Set-up production equipment or machinery
Assemble mechanical components or machine parts
Assemble gear systems
Install electrical or electronic cables or wiring
Install electrical fixtures or components
Install/Remove finish hardware such as locks or hinges
Install/Replace measuring or control devices such as meters or regulators
Perform basic carpentry
Don/Doff installation, maintenance, or repair related Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Prepare explosives for detonation
Solder electrical or electronic connections or components
Braze metal parts or components
Spot/tack weld materials
Perform combination welding or cutting procedures
Install electronic power, communication, or control equipment or systems
Prepare building surfaces for paint, finishes, wallpaper, or adhesives
Paint vehicles, structures and objects using spraying equipment
Paint surfaces such as walls
Prepare surfaces for finishing
Assemble machine tools, parts, or fixtures
Set-up welding equipment
Set-up heavy construction equipment
Cut pipe or piping material for gas, air, hydraulic, refrigeration, water, or steam lines
Install electrical components, equipment, or systems
Perform basic plumbing
Apply material to fill gaps in surfaces
Cut masonry material such as stone, tile, or brick
Set-up electronic systems test equipment
Fabricate components for precision instruments
Don/Doff construction, extraction, or mining related Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Prepare sites or surfaces for concrete, masonry, or related construction work
Polish stone or concrete using a surfacing machine
Assemble/Disassemble manufactured mechanical products, engines, or machinery by hand
Cut metal or plastic material
Dismantle/Reassemble rigging
Fabricate devices or components
Assemble/Disassemble manufactured metal or plastic products by hand
Install water or sewer treatment plant equipment
Shape construction materials such as wood
Position machines, equipment, or structures
Construct electrical parts or fixtures
Thread pipe for gas, air, hydraulic, refrigeration, or water lines
Process metals using power or hand tools
Position workpiece prior to welding
Connect electrical components or equipment
Install plumbing, piping, or water handling systems
Mix masonry materials such as mortar, grout, slurry, or concrete
Collect samples for analysis or testing
Install heating, ventilation, or air conditioning (HVAC) equipment
Fabricate craft or art objects
Prepare compounds or solutions to be used for repairs
Apply grouting or mortar
Drill holes in earth or rock for activities such as blasting
Load/unload material, products, or workpieces into or from machinery or equipment

Performing General Physical Activities

Install insulating materials
Erect scaffold on work site
Review construction specifications
Mark reference points or cutting lines on workpieces
Install construction support structures such as lathing, back up frames, or metal studs
Repair cracks, defects, or damage in installed building materials
Erect supports and hangers for equipment and piping
Install glass in windows, skylights, or other structural surfaces
Construct wooden frameworks or structures
Install roofing materials such as shingles, tile, slate, or asphalt
Build structures in construction, repair, or manufacturing setting
Repair prefabricated wooden building components
Perform structural repair or assembly work
Fit construction materials such as wood
Join wood or other construction materials
Repair wooden frameworks or structures
Assemble structural components
Install interior wood fixtures such as doors, floors, window frames, trim, or stairs
Build masonry structures including kilns or furnaces
Install siding or sheeting materials
Install drywall, plasterboard, or wallboard
Install sheet metal assemblies in supportive framework
Install storm, sanitation, or water piping systems above and below ground
Install prefabricated building components
Install wooden structural components such as sub flooring, rough framing, or partitions
Install shock-absorbing or acoustical paneling or tiles on wall or ceiling
Repair structures in construction, repair, or manufacturing setting
Anchor wooden structures, frameworks, or forms
Remodel residential or commercial structures
Lay masonry material such as brick, block, paver, stone, or tile
Apply plaster, stucco, or joint compound mixtures to walls or ceilings
Perform concrete fabrication
Move heavy objects in installation, maintenance, or repair work
Install green structural components, equipment or systems
Move materials, equipment, or supplies
Repair sheet metal products
Climb ladders, scaffolding, and structures to reach work
Move heavy objects in construction, extraction, or mining settings
Identify relevant safety procedures
Clean rooms, floors, or facilities in installation, maintenance, or repair settings
Clean materials to prepare them for production
Clean work sites
Remove worn, damaged or outdated materials from work areas
Attach moisture barrier sheeting over construction surfaces

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

Test mechanical products or equipment
Test electrical or electronic systems or equipment
Test operation of malfunctioning machinery
Test electrical or electronic wiring or fixtures
Conduct performance testing
Test materials to verify safety standards
Perform safety inspection related to an installation, maintenance or repair
Inspect facilities to determine repair or replacement needs
Inspect facilities or equipment for regulatory, hazard, or fire code compliance
Perform industrial, production, or manufacturing related safety inspection
Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment
Operate vehicle engine electrical systems test equipment
Perform tests to assess compliance with standards
Compute product or materials test results
Perform quality assurance testing
Test engineering project equipment
Test piping systems or equipment for leaks under pressure
Test fluids to identify contamination or other problems
Test manufactured products
Perform construction, extraction, or mining related safety inspection
Perform inspection of tools or equipment prior to use
Inspect installation, maintenance, or repair machinery or equipment
Inspect production equipment
Inspect completed repair work to ensure proper functioning
Analyze test results
Conduct energy audits
Test vehicle computer processors to detect malfunctions
Operate engine emission testing equipment
Inspect property for condition, damage, or deterioration
Inspect sewer, drain, or water main pipe joints to detect leaks or verify alignment or fit
Inspect industrial, production, or manufacturing related work products to verify conformance with quality and standards
Test products for functionality or quality
Ensure equipment is operating to prescribed standards
Perform engineering related safety inspection
Evaluate quality of materials or products
Inspect timing or shut-off devices
Test historical authenticity of various materials
Inspect engineering equipment or systems
Inspect installed components or assemblies
Inspect equipment or tools to be used in construction or excavation
Inspect mechanical systems to determine if they are operating properly
Inspect construction work to ensure proper installation or functioning

Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment

Adjust clearances of mechanical or electrical components or parts
Clean installation, maintenance, or repair tools, equipment, or machinery
Perform preventative maintenance on manufacturing equipment
Maintain construction machinery or equipment
Maintain mining machinery or equipment
Conduct tests to locate mechanical system malfunction
Replace malfunctioning or worn mechanical components
Complete routine building maintenance
Maintain physical building or grounds of property
Maintain manufacturing or production equipment
Lubricate machinery, equipment, or parts
Level machines, equipment, or structures
Align machines, equipment, or structures
Repair mechanical equipment or machinery
Clean industrial, production, or manufacturing tools, equipment, or machinery
Maintain welding machines or equipment
Prepare equipment for maintenance
Perform hydraulic plumbing
Maintain masonry structures including kilns or furnaces
Tend boilers or related equipment
Replace gas, steam, sewer, or water piping or fixtures
Maintain work tools or equipment
Overhaul industrial or construction machinery or equipment
Repair mechanical controls
Overhaul power-generating equipment or machinery
Repair measuring or control devices
Repair work tools or equipment
Repair gas, steam, oil, sewer, or water piping or fixtures
Repair mechanical timing devices
Repair grounds keeping equipment and tools
Repair malfunctioning or worn mechanical components
Repair finish hardware such as locks or hinges
Repair railroad equipment or tracks
Overhaul major vehicle systems such as engines or transmissions
Replace door springs, cables, or related components
Maintain mechanical machinery or implements
Maintain small engines
Maintain cargo or passenger vehicle
Maintain green energy production plant equipment
Maintain boat or ship hull
Repair cargo or passenger vehicle
Repair commercial transportation equipment

Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information

Estimate project labor requirements
Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly
Estimate project material requirements
Verify levelness, verticality, or alignment of structures, equipment, or materials
Determine equipment or tool requirements for projects
Determine work priorities and requirements
Measure layout for construction projects
Measure work site or construction dimensions
Determine project parameters or specifications
Read utilities metering devices
Perform industrial, production, or manufacturing related measurements
Weigh industrial, production, or manufacturing related products or materials
Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes
Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications
Perform measurements associated with the assembly of products, equipment, or machinery
Estimate installation, maintenance, or repair related material requirements
Determine voltage, amperage, or resistance
Measure workpieces for reference points or cutting lines
Measure tile or masonry materials
Estimate construction project costs
Estimate construction, extraction, or mining project material requirements
Estimate construction project labor requirements
Determine physical or chemical properties of materials
Estimate material requirements for production
Perform engineering related measurements
Estimate installation, maintenance, or repair related project costs
Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects
Forecast departmental personnel requirements
Calculate grades and elevations
Estimate operational costs
Bid work projects
Estimate industrial, production, or manufacturing related project costs
Estimate engineering project material requirements
Estimate costs of design or construction materials
Estimate engineering project costs
Estimate time or monetary resources needed to complete projects

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