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INSULATOR: If It Weren't For Insulation I Think There Would Be A Lot Of Wasted Energy

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Chris shares his story about being an insulator. He talks about what he does as an insulator, why it's important for buildings to have insulation, what effects it has on the environment. He also talks about the challenges of working with fiberglass, the material used in insulation. Chris really likes his job!

Job Title: Insulator - Second year apprentice
Employer: West Coast Mechanical Insulation

Job Summary: Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall

Job Description

Insulation workers install and replace the materials used to insulate buildings and their mechanical systems to help control and maintain temperature. Floor, ceiling, and wall insulators install insulation in attics, floors, and behind walls in homes and other buildings. Most of these workers unroll, cut, fit, and staple batts of fiberglass insulation between wall studs and ceiling joists. Some workers, however, spray foam insulation with a compressor hose into the space being filled.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Floor, ceiling, and wall insulators have one of the highest rates of injury and illness. In contrast, mechanical insulators have a very low rate of injury and illness. Falls from ladders and cuts from knives are common hazards. Also, small particles from insulation materials, especially when sprayed, can irritate the eyes, skin, and lungs. To protect themselves, they keep the work area well ventilated. They also wear protective suits, masks, and they may wear respirators. Mechanical insulators may get burns from the pipes they insulate.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Quick Facts

Average salary
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$20,000 - $60,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Part-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Travel, Indoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Likes working with hands, Strength/stamina, Technical skills, Hand-eye coordination

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Apprenticeship
Recommended majors
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Construction Trades
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<span m='13330'>And</span> <span m='13880'>basically,</span> <span m='14830'>we just</span> <span m='15030'>walk</span> <span m='15350'>around,</span> <span m='16059'>measure</span> <span m='16530'>it up,</span> <span m='17290'>take out</span> <span m='17540'>time,</span> <span m='17810'>investigate</span> <span m='18145'>it,</span> <span m='18480'>try to</span> <span m='18750'>make a plan,</span> <span m='19750'>so</span> <span m='19880'>we</span> <span m='19950'>can</span> <span m='20100'>actually</span> <span m='20460'>get</span> <span m='20630'>the</span> <span m='20700'>job</span> <span m='21820'>consistently</span> <span m='22410'>done,</span> <span m='24430'>and</span> <span m='25230'>just</span> <span m='25390'>go from</span> <span m='25560'>there.</span> </p><p><span m='26530'>Some</span> <span m='26790'>spots,</span> <span m='27210'>there</span> <span m='27420'>are</span> <span m='27520'>confined</span> <span m='27930'>spaces,</span> <span m='28470'>such</span> <span m='28750'>as,</span> <span m='29470'>let's see,</span> <span m='29850'>12</span> <span m='30260'>inches</span> <span m='30910'>thick</span> <span m='31140'>where</span> <span m='31330'>I've</span> <span m='31420'>got to</span> <span m='31690'>squeeze</span> <span m='32030'>my</span> <span m='32280'>skinny</span> <span m='32700'>self</span> <span m='33430'>inside</span> <span m='34040'>and</span> <span m='34620'>try</span> <span m='34930'>to</span> <span m='34990'>get</span> <span m='35140'>the</span> <span m='35200'>job</span> <span m='35460'>done</span> <span m='35650'>because</span> <span m='37420'>its</span> <span m='37620'>energy</span> <span m='37940'>saving.</span> <span m='38420'>You've</span> <span m='38840'>got</span> <span m='38980'>to</span> <span m='39320'>complete</span> <span m='39580'>it.</span> <span m='39840'>You've</span> <span m='40150'>got to--</span> <span m='40980'>if</span> <span m='41140'>it</span> <span m='41250'>wasn't</span> <span m='41540'>for</span> <span m='41660'>insulation,</span> <span m='42320'>I</span> <span m='42380'>think</span> <span m='42590'>there'd</span> <span m='42730'>be</span> <span m='42870'>a</span> <span m='42940'>lot</span> <span m='43130'>of</span> <span m='43190'>energy</span> <span m='43570'>being</span> <span m='43820'>wasted.</span> </p><p><span m='44530'>It's</span> <span m='44670'>called</span> <span m='44950'>fiberglass.</span> <span m='45980'>A</span> <span m='46000'>bunch</span> <span m='46340'>of</span> <span m='46820'>glass,</span> <span m='47580'>they get it</span> <span m='48000'>all stuck</span> <span m='48250'>in</span> <span m='48550'>one</span> <span m='49020'>sponge</span> <span m='49463'>so it</span> <span m='49906'>can</span> <span m='50470'>actually</span> <span m='50880'>penetrate</span> <span m='51160'>and</span> <span m='51280'>contrast</span> <span m='51560'>all</span> <span m='52870'>the heat,</span> <span m='53150'>or</span> <span m='53400'>any chill</span> <span m='53720'>water</span> <span m='54120'>that</span> <span m='54650'>tries</span> <span m='54860'>to</span> <span m='54980'>get</span> <span m='55160'>out</span> <span m='55360'>of</span> <span m='55460'>the</span> <span m='55570'>pipe.</span> <span m='56370'>And</span> <span m='57430'>it's</span> <span m='57620'>very</span> <span m='57890'>itchy,</span> <span m='59260'>in</span> <span m='59460'>most</span> <span m='59750'>case</span> <span m='59960'>scenarios,</span> <span m='60380'>yes,</span> <span m='60740'>but</span> <span m='61050'>you</span> <span m='61130'>get</span> <span m='61290'>used</span> <span m='61510'>to it</span> <span m='62000'>later</span> <span m='62210'>on.</span> </p><p><span m='62730'>Well,</span> <span m='63050'>I</span> <span m='63210'>was</span> <span m='63430'>doing</span> <span m='63680'>some</span> <span m='63860'>other</span> <span m='64050'>side</span> <span m='64790'>jobs,</span> <span m='65180'>like</span> <span m='65349'>painting</span> <span m='66510'>and</span> <span m='66650'>such.</span> <span m='67070'>Well,</span> <span m='67360'>my</span> <span m='67460'>boss</span> <span m='67850'>today,</span> <span m='68960'>I ran</span> <span m='69180'>into</span> <span m='69510'>him,</span> <span m='69730'>and he</span> <span m='69920'>actually</span> <span m='70730'>had</span> <span m='70930'>me</span> <span m='71040'>check</span> <span m='71220'>up a</span> <span m='71380'>job.</span> <span m='71790'>And</span> <span m='71960'>I</span> <span m='71990'>looked</span> <span m='72260'>at</span> <span m='72400'>it.</span> <span m='72780'>And it</span> <span m='73120'>was</span> <span m='73210'>the</span> <span m='73320'>first</span> <span m='73590'>day I actually</span> <span m='74000'>did it.</span> <span m='74410'>And I</span> <span m='74480'>was</span> <span m='74755'>itching.</span> <span m='75030'>I was</span> <span m='75510'>scratching</span> <span m='76040'>like this</span> <span m='76260'>the</span> <span m='76320'>whole</span> <span m='76560'>time.</span> </p><p><span m='77600'>And</span> <span m='77820'>I don't</span> <span m='78085'>know,</span> <span m='78350'>for</span> <span m='78540'>some</span> <span m='78690'>reason,</span> <span m='79120'>I</span> <span m='79320'>thought it was</span> <span m='79480'>really</span> <span m='79710'>cool</span> <span m='79940'>because</span> <span m='80320'>you</span> <span m='80755'>have</span> <span m='81190'>to</span> <span m='81470'>crawl into</span> <span m='81910'>spaces.</span> <span m='82600'>You</span> <span m='82670'>get</span> <span m='82820'>to</span> <span m='82890'>talk</span> <span m='83120'>to new people.</span> <span m='84400'>And</span> <span m='85020'>heights</span> <span m='85380'>are</span> <span m='86120'>12</span> <span m='86290'>feet</span> <span m='86520'>tall</span> <span m='86740'>in</span> <span m='86780'>a</span> <span m='86870'>ladder.</span> <span m='87160'>And it</span> <span m='87330'>kind of</span> <span m='87580'>scares</span> <span m='87980'>you.</span> <span m='88210'>You kind</span> <span m='88350'>of</span> <span m='88390'>get</span> <span m='88530'>nervous.</span> <span m='88820'>But,</span> <span m='89490'>I</span> <span m='89560'>mean,</span> <span m='90990'>it's</span> <span m='91140'>wonderful.</span> <span m='91360'>It's fun.</span> </p><p><span m='92550'>At</span> <span m='92740'>first,</span> <span m='93160'>I</span> <span m='93230'>thought,</span> <span m='94810'>well</span> <span m='94930'>yes,</span> <span m='95230'>the itching</span> <span m='95660'>was</span> <span m='95930'>kind</span> <span m='96100'>of</span> <span m='96170'>crazy.</span> <span m='96670'>But</span> <span m='98500'>I</span> <span m='98610'>never</span> <span m='98890'>knew</span> <span m='99070'>about</span> <span m='99510'>energy</span> <span m='99885'>costs,</span> <span m='100590'>or</span> <span m='100930'>energy</span> <span m='101250'>savings.</span> <span m='102010'>I</span> <span m='102140'>didn't</span> <span m='102360'>know</span> <span m='102480'>about</span> <span m='102750'>that.</span> <span m='103100'>And since</span> <span m='103370'>I</span> <span m='103570'>realized</span> <span m='104010'>that</span> <span m='104250'>was</span> <span m='105290'>a</span> <span m='105350'>factor</span> <span m='105850'>of</span> <span m='105940'>our</span> <span m='106470'>company,</span> <span m='106880'>and</span> <span m='106990'>what</span> <span m='107140'>we</span> <span m='107270'>do,</span> <span m='107990'>I</span> <span m='108090'>said,</span> <span m='108320'>you know what?</span> <span m='108620'>Might as</span> <span m='108880'>well</span> <span m='109060'>save</span> <span m='109410'>the</span> <span m='109530'>planet</span> <span m='109770'>and</span> <span m='109920'>try</span> <span m='110080'>to</span> <span m='110600'>keep the</span> <span m='110760'>energy</span> <span m='111090'>going</span> <span m='111350'>good.</span> </p><p><span m='112200'>Advice,</span> <span m='112740'>I</span> <span m='112880'>would</span> <span m='113020'>say,</span> <span m='114470'>I</span> <span m='114580'>know</span> <span m='114700'>you</span> <span m='114880'>are going to</span> <span m='115030'>itching,</span> <span m='115440'>because</span> <span m='115770'>you</span> <span m='116300'>hear</span> <span m='116530'>a</span> <span m='116580'>lot</span> <span m='116770'>of</span> <span m='116820'>stories</span> <span m='117270'>and</span> <span m='117370'>such,</span> <span m='117710'>but</span> <span m='118470'>once you</span> <span m='118700'>come</span> <span m='118890'>on</span> <span m='119000'>board,</span> <span m='119410'>and</span> <span m='119695'>you</span> <span m='119980'>figure</span> <span m='120250'>out</span> <span m='120400'>how</span> <span m='120900'>easy</span> <span m='121310'>it</span> <span m='121380'>is,</span> <span m='121830'>and</span> <span m='122360'>how</span> <span m='123190'>the</span> <span m='123260'>day</span> <span m='123510'>goes</span> <span m='123720'>by</span> <span m='123880'>faster,</span> <span m='124590'>rather</span> <span m='124840'>than</span> <span m='124950'>staying at home</span> <span m='125440'>playing</span> <span m='125610'>video</span> <span m='125840'>games.</span> <span m='126580'>But</span> <span m='126850'>after</span> <span m='127120'>that,</span> <span m='127500'>you'll</span> <span m='128060'>probably</span> <span m='128340'>like</span> <span m='128610'>it as</span> <span m='128830'>much</span> <span m='129020'>as I do.</span> <span m='129285'>Because</span> <span m='129550'>I'm</span> <span m='129660'>smiling</span> <span m='130370'>right</span> <span m='130520'>now,</span> <span m='130789'>and it feels</span> <span m='131510'>great.</span> </p>","file":{"id":291121,"video_id":"2711360732001","name":"1162-Chris-p-ApprenticeInsulator","duration":132749,"thumbnail_url":null}});