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Career and Education Opportunities for Insulation Installers in Elgin, Illinois

Insulation installers can find both educational opportunities and jobs in the Elgin, Illinois area. There are currently 1,120 working insulation installers in Illinois; this should grow by 8% to about 1,210 working insulation installers in the state 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%. Insulation installers generally line and cover structures with insulating materials.

The average wage in the general category of Home and Office Installation jobs is $27 per hour or $56,401 per year in Illinois, and an average of $19 per hour or $38,876 per year nationwide.

The Elgin area is home to sixty-one schools of higher education, including one within twenty-five miles of Elgin 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 Elgin include:

  • Carpet Installer. Lay and install carpet from rolls or blocks on floors. Install padding and trim flooring materials.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Insulation Installer Training

Lincoln College of Technology - Melrose Park, IL

Lincoln College of Technology, 8317 W North Avenue, Melrose Park, IL 60160-1605. Lincoln College of Technology is a small college located in Melrose Park, Illinois. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 2-year programs. It has 803 students and an admission rate of 100%. Lincoln College of Technology has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Construction Trades, Other Specialties which graduated 124 and twenty-one students respectively in 2008.


Elgin, Illinois
Elgin, Illinois photo by James Jordan

Elgin is located in Kane County, Illinois. It has a population of over 106,330, which has grown by 12.5% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Elgin, 104, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Elgin cost $156,500 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, three hundred thirty-two new homes were constructed in Elgin, down from seven hundred fifty-six the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Elgin are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is construction, metal and metal products, and administrative and support and waste management services. The average travel time to work is about 26 minutes. More than 20.5% of Elgin residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 6.0%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Elgin is 12.4%, which is greater than Illinois's average of 10.5%.

The percentage of Elgin residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 56.0%, is more than both the national and state average. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Seventh Day Adventist Church and Saint Thomas More Roman Catholic Church are some of the churches located in Elgin. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Elgin is home to the Fox Bluff Corporate Center and the Elgin Fire Station Number 2 as well as Wing Park and College Park. Shopping malls in the area include Wing Park Manor Shopping Center, Tyler Creek Plaza Shopping Center and Town and Country Plaza Shopping Center. Visitors to Elgin can choose from Elgin-Days Inn, Colonial Lodge Motel and Crowne Plaza for temporary stays in the area.