Mechanical insulation is thermal insulation used on piping, equipment and all types of mechanical systems, including boilers, HVAC systems and ducts. Mechanical insulation serves the following functions:
- Conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Regulate the temperature of process systems
- Condensation control and mold prevention
Insulators perform physically demanding and dangerous work, often working at great heights. As a result, workers must wear protective equipment, like harnesses, to reduce the risk of on the job injury.
Insulators learn their trade through a registered apprenticeship program that is usually cost free to the student. A high-school diploma or equivalent is typically required to begin your apprenticeship and career in the trade.