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Insulation & Air Sealing Technician

Work with your hands in a high-value, high-demand trade

Job Details

Typical Tasks

  • Measure, cut, and install various types of insulating materials
  • Wrap air ducts and pipes with specialized insulating material
  • Apply caulk and install weatherstripping around windows and doors to seal a building’s air leaks
  • Repair holes in walls by applying spackling, compounding, or other materials 
  • Prepare job sites by unloading materials and cleaning up when the job is done

Typical Skills

  • Ability to safely work with building materials, hand tools, and power tools
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Basic math and measurement skills, often fitting materials in small spaces 
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills 
  • Ability to work as part of a team 
  • Ability to safely lift up to 50 pounds

Typical Experience or Education

  • Employers may require a high school diploma or equivalent 
  • Experience and/or comfort working with hand and power tools
  • Many employers will hire for this role without previous work experience
  • Relevant experience or education in building performance, building science, building construction, and/or building trades helps get your foot in the door, but is not required

Professional Development Opportunities

Some Insulation & Air Sealing Technicians may choose to advance their skills with professional certifications, such as:

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