Insulator - Heat and Frost
Introduction
Insulators (heat and frost) apply insulation materials to plumbing, air-handling, heating, cooling and refrigeration systems, piping equipment and pressure vessels, and walls, floors and ceilings of buildings and other structures, to prevent or reduce the passage of heat, cold, sound or fire.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Safety-related Activities
Reading
Ability to read instructions and warnings written on signs, labels and packaging, e.g. read signs to learn about fall hazards. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read notices and bulletins, e.g. read notices from workers’ compensation boards to learn about workplace hazards and incidents. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to understand written instructions about the use, maintenance and storage of personal protective equipment such as fall arrest systems. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read safety-related information, e.g. read safety rules and regulations governing the use of rigging. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to understand and interpret laws and regulations that govern the removal and handling of hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead-based insulations. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to identify icons used in WHMIS, fire control and other hazard management systems. (Complexity: 1)
Writing
Ability to write reports to describe events leading up to workplace accidents, e.g. write about injuries and events when completing reports for workers’ compensation boards. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
 
Insulation Installation
Reading
Ability to read short text entries on technical drawings and forms, such as work orders, lockouts and equipment inspection sheets, e.g. read comments on work orders to learn the particulars of installation projects. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand short written comments on technical drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read instructions for the set-up, operation and maintenance of equipment such as sprayers and scissor lifts. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to understand and interpret written information in text books, training manuals and technical reports. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and construction procedures using basic scale and assembly drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate data such as identification numbers, specifications and quantities in moderately complex tables. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and installation procedures using moderately complex scale and assembly drawings. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to locate data, such as specifications, classifications, material coefficients and identification numbers in complex tables. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to locate information such as dimensions and assembly procedures using complex scale and assembly drawings. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Thinking
Ability to decide the order of tasks and their priorities, e.g. decide which installations to complete first. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate work projects by considering factors such as efficiencies, timelines, costs and the quality of work performed. (Complexity: 2)
 
General Administrative Duties
Reading
Ability to read trade journals, brochures and website articles to learn about new products and stay up-to-date on new technology. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to enter data such as readings and quantities into tally sheets, logbooks and other forms. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read labels on product packaging, equipment and drawings to locate specifications and identification numbers. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to use checklists, e.g. use worksite procedure checklists to locate emergency contact information and other information about conditions that are unique to individual work sites. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to enter and locate data such as contact information, part numbers, descriptions, quantities and costs in work orders and requisitions. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write reminders and short notes to co-workers. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write short text entries in forms such as work orders, application forms and supply requests. (Complexity: 1)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the condition and performance of tools and equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate the severity of equipment faults by considering factors such as readings, noise levels, pressures and temperatures. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as a simple instruction or question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
 
Use of Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers. (Complexity: 2)
Fractions
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions, e.g. measure using fractions of an inch. (Complexity: 2)
Decimals
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers; add, subtract, multiply and divide signed numbers; complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates; perform proportional calculations. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles; use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to calculate perimeters, areas and circumferences; analyze angles and distances in triangles, rectangles and circles; analyze complex shapes into constituent plane figures. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Solids
Ability to calculate volumes of rectangular solids, cylinders and prisms; analyze complex volumes into constituent regular solids. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Advanced Tasks
Ability to analyze angles and distances in plane figures; calculate areas of other polygons; use theorem to solve problems; calculate areas and volumes of objects such as spheres, pyramids and cones. (Complexity: 2)
Measurement
Ability to measure things such as distances, weights, volumes, temperatures and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Algebra
Ability to construct and solve equations with one to three different variables and use common formulas. (Complexity: 2)
Trigonometry
Ability to identify and calculate known and unknown angles; use trigonometry to set up and solve problems using trigonometry. (Complexity: 2)