Thermal Insulation Engineer

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A thermal insulation engineer covers pipes, boilers and ductwork with insulating material and metal cladding. The purpose of this is to keep heat in – in the case of heating systems – or to keep heat out – in the case of refrigeration or air conditioning systems. They are otherwise known as pipework laggers.

The Work

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The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Pay for apprentices may start on the National Minimum Wage (NMW). At present the apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £4.81 an hour (1 April 2022).

Starting pay after training is generally around £350 a week. With more experience this can rise to over £800 a week. You can get extra payments in overtime, bonuses, travel and living away from home allowances.


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Getting In

Look for jobs with specialist lagging firms, with building contractors, building service engineers, or heating equipment manufacturers.

What Does it Take?

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You need to be able to:


Getting On

More Information

The increased emphasis on energy conservation, both in industry and in the domestic situation, should lead to a need for more effective thermal insulation in most buildings.

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