Mat Tester

Test mats of fiberglass insulation materials.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Mat Testers do?

Tests mat of fiberglass insulation material to determine if product conforms to specifications: Cuts sample of mat, using knife or razor blade and template, and weighs mat on balance scale. Burns weighed sample in miniature oven to remove binder, weighs burned sample, and computes percentage of binder in sample, using slide rule. Suspends sample of mat in styrene solution and times disintegration of sample to determine solubility of binder. Places sample between plates of thickness gauge and reads dial indicator before and after application of pressure to gauge to determine thickness with or without stress. Records test results on mat-testing record.


Should I be a Mat Tester?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Acid Tester, Appliance Tester, Argon Tester, Gear Tester, Globe Tester, Hose Tester, Hosiery Mater See More

    How to become a Mat Tester

    Most Mat Testers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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