Pipe Insulator

Keep pipes from bursting in the winter with custom thermal wrapping.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$25,000 – $70,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Pipe Insulators do?

Modern heating and cooling systems are more complicated than most people realize. One of the most important elements of these systems is proper insulation. As a Pipe Insulator, you’re there to make sure that heating and cooling pipes are properly insulated. This helps keep these systems operating efficiently, and saves the client money in the long run.

You work indoors in a variety of buildings: residential, commercial, industrial, old structures, or new construction. Unfortunately, you often need to squeeze into tight passages or be high up on ladders to access tucked-away pipes in existing buildings. New construction makes it slightly easier because you have direct access to the pipes as they’re being put into place.

Sometimes, insulating materials can cause irritation, so Pipe Insulators often need to wear protective equipment like face masks, goggles, coveralls, and gloves while working. Opening up old access space where dangerous insulants like asbestos have been used can also be dangerous.

Safety is the name of the game. Many steam pipes in industrial settings are hot enough to cause serious burns while the insulation is being installed. Expect ongoing training and safety certification courses to keep yourself sharp. You also deal with sharp tools while cutting insulation to fit, so you need to be a mindful, efficient worker.

Pipe Insulators work as part of a team, usually in standard eight-hour shifts. Depending on your business’ schedule, you could work early morning or night shifts. You often have weekends off and standard vacations. If you are part of a union, then you may have additional benefits.

Should I be a Pipe Insulator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Commercial Insulator, Cork Insulator, Industrial Insulator, Insulator Apprentice, Rock Wool Insulator

    How to become a Pipe Insulator

    Most Pipe Insulators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9saaaa&chl=no+college+%2877%25%29|certificate+%2823%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,77,77
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