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Career and Education Opportunities for Insulation Installers in San Jose, California

Many educational and employment opportunities exist for insulation installers in the San Jose, California area. There are currently 3,000 jobs for insulation installers in California and this is projected to grow by 7% to 3,200 jobs by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for insulation installers are expected to grow by about 15.2%. In general, insulation installers line and cover structures with insulating materials.

A person working as an insulation installer can expect to earn about $18 per hour or $37,860 annually on average in California and about $15 per hour or $31,900 yearly on average in the U.S. as a whole. Insulation installers earn less than people working in the category of Home and Office Installation generally in California and less than people in the Home and Office Installation category nationally.

The San Jose area is home to fifty-nine schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of San Jose where you can get a degree as an insulation installer. The most common level of education for insulation installers is less than a high school diploma. You can expect to spend only a short time training to become an insulation installer if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Insulation Installer

Insulation Installer video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, insulation installers line and cover structures with insulating materials. They also may work with batt, roll, or blown insulation materials.

Insulation installers fit or glue insulating materials to structures or surfaces, using hand tools or wires. They also measure and trim insulation for covering surfaces, using tape measures or scissors. Finally, insulation installers cover and line structures with blown or rolled forms of materials to insulate against cold or moisture, using saws and other tools and implements.

Every day, insulation installers are expected to be able to twist and stretch their arms and legs to get work done. It is also important that they use lower back and abdominal strength.

It is important for insulation installers to read blueprints and decide on appropriate insulation, on the basis of space characteristics and the heat retaining or excluding characteristics of the material. They are often called upon to cover or finish insulated surfaces or access holes with plastic covers, canvas strips, sealants, tape, cement or asphalt mastic. They also distribute insulating materials evenly into small spaces within floors or walls, using blowers and hose attachments, or cement mortars. They are sometimes expected to fill blower hoppers with insulating materials. Somewhat less frequently, insulation installers are also expected to ready surfaces for insulation application by brushing or spreading on adhesives or asphalt, or by attaching metal pins to surfaces.

Insulation installers sometimes are asked to clear away old insulation such as asbestos, following safety procedures. And finally, they sometimes have to clear away old insulation such as asbestos, following safety procedures.

Like many other jobs, insulation installers must be thorough and dependable and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in San Jose include:

  • Carpet Installer. Lay and install carpet from rolls or blocks on floors. Install padding and trim flooring materials.
  • Glazier. Install glass in windows, skylights, and display cases, or on surfaces, such as building fronts, interior walls, and tabletops.
  • Paperhanger. Cover interior walls and ceilings of rooms with decorative wallpaper or fabric, or attach advertising posters on surfaces, such as walls and billboards. Duties include removing old materials from surface to be papered.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Insulation Installer Training

CET-Watsonville - Watsonville, CA

CET-Watsonville, 10 Blanca Lane, Watsonville, CA 95076. CET-Watsonville is a small school located in Watsonville, California. It is a private not-for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 151 students. CET-Watsonville has a less than one year program in Construction Trades, Other Specialties which graduated forty-nine students in 2008.

LICENSES

Insulation and Acoustical Contractor

Licensing agency: Department of Consumer Affairs
Address: Contractors State License Board, 9821 Business Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95827

Phone: (916) 255-3900
Website: Department of Consumer Affairs Contractors State License Board

LOCATION INFORMATION: San Jose, California

San Jose, California
San Jose, California photo by Leslie

San Jose is situated in Santa Clara County, California. It has a population of over 948,279, which has grown by 6.0% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in San Jose, 163, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in San Jose are priced at $163,800 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, two hundred fourteen new homes were built in San Jose, down from three hundred twenty-five the previous year.

The three big industries for women in San Jose are health care, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is computer and electronic products, construction, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average travel time to work is about 28 minutes. More than 31.6% of San Jose residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 10.7%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in San Jose is 13.2%, which is greater than California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of San Jose residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 43.2%, is less than both the national and state average. Almaden Hill United Methodist Church, Almaden Valley United Methodist Church and Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses are some of the churches located in San Jose. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Muslim Estimate.

San Jose is home to the Evergreen Ranch and the Rosegarden Branch San Jose Public Library as well as Almaden Winery Park and Albertson Park. Shopping malls in the area include Almaden Plaza Shopping Center, Almaden Via Valiente Plaza Shopping Center and Foxworthy Shopping Center. Visitors to San Jose can choose from Atrium Gardens, Best Western Airport Plaza and Best Western Inn Airport Plaza for temporary stays in the area.