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Thermal insulation engineer Pipework lagger

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

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £20,000 to £40,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements. You could move into this role with related industry experience, like working with air conditioning.

You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.

The Thermal Insulation Contractors Association has more information on becoming a thermal insulation engineer.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • practical skills
  • maths skills
  • the ability to follow technical plans and drawings

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • planning where to put insulation 
  • deciding what materials to use for a particular job 
  • preparing and cleaning surfaces to be insulated
  • measuring and cutting insulation materials to size
  • fitting insulation using clips, adhesives or cement
  • sealing the work area after completing an installation

4. Salary

Starter: £20,000 to £24,000

Experienced: £24,000 to £30,000

Highly Experienced: £30,000 to £40,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. You may work overtime to meet deadlines.

This is a physically active role, so you’ll need a reasonable level of fitness. Your working conditions could be cramped, hot, dirty and dusty, and involve working at height.

You may have to work with hazardous substances like asbestos. You’ll be provided with protective clothing and equipment.

You’ll travel from site to site, which could mean staying away from home.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into a technical, supervisory or managerial role, like foreperson, site safety officer or contracts manager. 

You could also move into a related area, like heating and ventilation engineering or air-conditioning and refrigeration.

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Last updated: 09 October 2018