Cavity insulation installer
Cavity insulation installers fit insulation and soundproofing materials in buildings.
1. Entry requirements
Some employers may ask for:
- GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in subjects like English, maths or design and technology
- experience of using power tools and a knowledge of basic brickwork
- a driving licence
Although not essential, you could complete a short course offered by a product manufacturer, a general construction course, or a course in insulation and building treatments.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- the ability to follow written and spoken instructions
- practical skills
- maths skills
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- carrying out and writing up pre-installation surveys
- marking out ventilation, wiring and pipework ducts in walls, and sealing openings, like air vents
- working out the volume of space to be filled, and the amount of insulation needed
- drilling holes into the walls of a building
- injecting insulation materials into cavity spaces through the holes in a specific order
- re-filling the holes and re-pointing mortar
- checking all airbricks and flues are clear
- making sure materials and methods used meet building regulations
Starter: £12,000 to £15,000 (trainee)
Experienced: £16,000 to £20,000
Highly Experienced: up to £30,000 (senior installer with supervisory duties)
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll work up to 45 hours a week, which may include weekends.
The job can be physically demanding. You may work at height and in cramped conditions.
A driving licence may be needed as you'll travel from job to job.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could become a team leader or estimator, set up your own installation business, or move into wider construction trades.
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Last updated: 18 August 2017