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Career and Education Opportunities for Insulation Installers in Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine provides a wide variety of opportunities, both career and educational, for insulation installers. The national trend for insulation installers sees this job pool growing by about 15.2% over the next eight years. Insulation installers generally line and cover structures with insulating materials.

The average wage in the general category of Home and Office Installation jobs is $17 per hour or $34,858 per year in Maine, and an average of $19 per hour or $38,876 per year nationwide.

There are twenty-three schools of higher education in the Portland area, including two within twenty-five miles of Portland where you can get a degree to start your career as an insulation installer. Given that the most common education level for insulation installers is less than a high school diploma, you can expect to spend only a short time studying to be 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 Portland include:

  • Carpet Installer. Lay and install carpet from rolls or blocks on floors. Install padding and trim flooring materials.
  • Tile Setter. Apply hard tile, marble, and wood tile to walls, floors, and roof decks.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Insulation Installer Training

York County Community College - Wells, ME

York County Community College, 112 College Drive, Wells, ME 04090. York County Community College is a small college located in Wells, Maine. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 1,074 students. York County Community College has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Construction Trades, Other Specialties which graduated zero and five students respectively in 2008.

Central Maine Community College - Auburn, ME

Central Maine Community College, 1250 Turner Street, Auburn, ME 04210-6498. Central Maine Community College is a small college located in Auburn, Maine. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 2,426 students. Central Maine Community College has an associate's degree program in Construction Trades, Other Specialties which graduated two students in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine
Portland, Maine photo by Pauk

Portland is situated in Cumberland County, Maine. It has a population of over 62,561, which has shrunk by 2.6% over the last ten years. The cost of living index in Portland, 102, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Portland are priced at $164,700 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, twenty-three new homes were built in Portland, down from thirty-two the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Portland are health care, educational services, and finance and insurance. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, accommodation and food services, and construction. The average commute to work is about 19 minutes. More than 36.4% of Portland residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 13.0%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Portland is 6.3%, which is less than Maine's average of 7.6%. About 14.1% of Portland's residents are below the poverty line, which is worse than the state average.

The percentage of Portland residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 40.4%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. Mariners Church, Swedenborgian Church and Stroudwater Christian Church are among the churches located in Portland. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church.

Portland is home to the Cumberland Wharf and the Browns Wharf as well as Longfellow Square and Hadlock Field. Shopping centers in the area include Mill Creek Shopping Center, Monument Square Shopping Center and Portland East Shopping Center. Visitors to Portland can choose from Motel 6, Fairfield Inn Portland Airport and Ramada Limited Portland for temporary stays in the area.