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Thermal insulation engineer

Alternative titles for this job include Pipework lagger, thermal insulation installer

Thermal insulation engineers install insulating materials around pipes, boilers and ductwork in factories and buildings.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter

to

£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm away from home

How to become

How to become a thermal insulation engineer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

College

You can do a college course to get some of the skills needed in this job. Courses include:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Access to Building Services Engineering
  • Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing and Heating
  • Level 2 Diploma in Engineering
  • T level in Thermal Insulation

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

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Apprenticeship

You can do a thermal insulation operative and technician intermediate or advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

You could start work as a labourer with a construction or heating engineering company, and do training on the job to become an insulation engineer.

Direct Application

You can get into this work if you've got experience and qualifications in pipe fitting, heating and ventilation, refrigeration or air conditioning.

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Registration

Further information

You can find out more about careers in thermal insulation from the Building and Engineering Services Association and ECITB Careers.

What it takes

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • knowledge of maths
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You will:

  • plan where to put insulation
  • choose the best materials and tools to use for a particular job
  • prepare and clean areas to be insulated
  • measure and cut insulation materials to size
  • fasten insulation using clips, sprays, adhesives or wire bands
  • seal work areas after fitting insulation
  • remove old insulation, like asbestos, in line with health and safety regulations

Working environment

You could work on a construction site, in a factory or at a manufacturing plant.

Your working environment may be cramped, dusty and physically demanding.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

Career path and progression

You could take further training while you work to move into a technical, supervisory or managerial role, like foreperson, site safety officer or building services technician.

You could also find work in a related industry, like heating and ventilation engineering or air-conditioning and refrigeration.

Current opportunities

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprenticeship Industrial Thermal Insulation Technician

  • Wage: £209.00 Weekly
  • Location: Burton-On-Trent

Apprentice Commercial Thermal Insulation Operative

  • Wage: £172.90 Weekly
  • Location: London

Courses In England

T Level Construction - Building services engineering for construction

  • Provider: CITY OF SUNDERLAND COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2021
  • Location: Sunderland

T Level Construction - Building services engineering for construction

  • Provider: SOUTH DEVON COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2021
  • Location: Paignton

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