Why should you be an Industrial thermal insulation technician apprentice?

Are you interested in perusing an apprenticeship in construction, but not wanting to go to university? Well becoming an Industrial thermal insulation technician apprentice might just be for you. You will learn to be responsible in the bespoke designing and fitting of insulation for properties. Gaining valuable specialist skills to start your journey in construction.

Thermal Insulation technician  apprentice working on a commercial building
Thermal Insulation Technician apprentice, Josh, working overseas on a new development

About the apprenticeship

Course name: Industrial Thermal Insulation Technician Apprentice

Qualifications: Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end point assessment

Level: This is a Level 3 Apprenticeship.

Duration: The Apprenticeship will typically be completed in 24 months.

What is a Thermal Insulation Technician?

Thermal Insulation Technicians apply multi-layer applications of specialist insulation systems, comprising of layers of high performance insulation, vapour barriers and weatherproof cladding. You will be involved in the creation of bespoke patterns using technical drawing equipment to fabricate specialist cladding materials, which are applied on top of specialist insulation systems to complex pipework, ductwork and vessels.

Thermal Insulation Technicians may work on a diverse range of sites including:

  • Power Generation, Nuclear, Oil and Gas sites
  • Petrochemical and Process Plants including Food, Brewing and Dairy
  • Shipyards
Thermal Insulation Technician apprentice at work on the construction site
On the left is Ben, he has recently finished as a Thermal Insulation Technician apprentice and is fully qualified

Ben Green (pictured above) recently finished his apprenticeship, he is now a qualified L3 Thermal Insulation Technician. He is now travelling around London with his team working on office development sites.

“The apprenticeship gave me the practical skills I needed to move forward in my career. Not only was I earning money, it set me up for my future. I love my job, from designing to installing and managing my team. Every day is different and exciting. I couldn’t have done it without my apprenticeship”

Ben Green

What will being a Thermal Insulation Technician apprentice teach me?

  • the accurate interpretation of relevant product information and design specifications
  • how to use technical drawing equipment
  • the process used to design and develop patterns
  • understand the specific project procurement processes
  • jointing, sealing, weatherproofing and fitting specialist insulation systems
  • how to comply with organisational health and safety policies and procedures
  • hazard recognition
  • identification of any asbestos risks
  • how to supervise, coach and mentor a team of thermal insulation operatives
  • scheduling and managing work activities
  • the relevant industry quality standards and ensure that they are adhered to
  • how to communicate instructions accurately and effectively

What skills will I leave with?

  • design and develop patterns from which to fabricate cladding from a range of specialist base materials
  • fabricate specialist cladding from patterns, including bespoke elbows, bends and T sections
  • install fabricated cladding to pipework, ductwork and vessels
  • install insulation systems using staggered and grooved joints that fit together precisely
  • resize and re-configure cladding components on site
  • use specialist hand tools and equipment
  • work reliably and safely, without close supervision, to approved industry standards and safe working practices
  • work effectively and efficiently, both individually and as part of a team, maintaining effective relationships
  • use the appropriate communication style
  • supervise and mentor other thermal insulators, providing technical advice as required
  • assist with the management of projects
  • procure resources in line with site specific procedures
  • ensure resources are moved, handled and stored safely and securely
  • implement all organizational security arrangements and procedures
  • competently erect and dismantle portable scaffold towers, ensuring safe working at heights
  • identify risks by checking information and being aware of changing external circumstances

How do I get started?

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