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Weatherization Installers and Technicians
SOC Code: 47-4099.03

Perform a variety of activities to weatherize homes and make them more energy efficient. Duties include repairing windows, insulating ducts, and performing heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) work. May perform energy audits and advise clients on energy conservation measures.

Sample of reported job titles: Building Analyst/Supervisor, Director of Housing and Energy Services, Energy Administrator, Energy Assistant, Energy Auditor, Energy Conservation Director, Housing Director, Lead Weatherization Installer-Technician, Weatherization Director, Weatherization Installer

Tasks

  • Test and diagnose air flow systems, using furnace efficiency analysis equipment.
  • Inspect buildings to identify required weatherization measures, including repair work, modification, or replacement.
  • Maintain activity logs, financial transaction logs, or other records of weatherization work performed.
  • Apply insulation materials such as loose, blanket, board, and foam insulation to attics, crawl spaces, basements, or walls.
  • Prepare or assist in the preparation of bids, contracts, or written reports related to weatherization work.
  • Install and seal air ducts, combustion air openings, or ventilation openings to improve heating and cooling efficiency.
  • Recommend weatherization techniques to clients in accordance with needs and applicable energy regulations, codes, policies, or statutes.
  • Explain energy conservation measures, such as the use of low flow showerheads and energy-efficient lighting.
  • Explain recommendations, policies, procedures, requirements, or other related information to residents or building owners.
  • Clean and maintain tools and equipment.
  • Contact residents or building owners to schedule appointments.
  • Wrap air ducts and water lines with insulating materials, such as duct wrap and pipe insulation.
  • Prepare cost estimates or specifications for rehabilitation or weatherization services.
  • Prepare and apply weather-stripping, glazing, caulking, or door sweeps to reduce energy losses.
  • Make minor repairs using basic hand or power tools and materials, such as glass, lumber, and drywall.
  • Wrap water heaters with water heater blankets.
  • Apply spackling, compounding, or other materials to repair holes in walls.

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software - Energy auditing software
  • Calendar and scheduling software - Work scheduling software
  • Customer relationship management CRM software - Salesforce.com Salesforce CRM
  • Data base user interface and query software - Energy use ratings databases; Microsoft Access
  • Electronic mail software - Microsoft Outlook
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Operating system software - Microsoft Windows
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Project management software - Microsoft Project
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Air compressors - Portable air compressors
  • Awls - Scratch awls
  • Catalytic combustion analyzers - Heating system combustion analyzers
  • Caulking guns
  • Circuit tester - Plug-in circuit testers
  • Claw hammer - Claw hammers
  • Cold chisels
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras - Remote video cameras
  • Ear muffs - Protective ear muffs
  • End cut pliers - End cutting nippers
  • Goggles - Safety goggles
  • Hacksaw - Hacksaws
  • Handheld thermometer - Handheld digital thermometers
  • Infrared imagers - Infrared thermographic scanners
  • Inspection mirror - Inspection mirrors
  • Ladders - Extension ladders
  • Leak testing equipment - Blower doors; Smoke generators
  • Linemans pliers - Electrician's pliers
  • Manometers - Digital manometers
  • Masks or accessories - Dust masks
  • Minivans or vans - Work vans
  • Moisture meters - Moisture detectors
  • Multi gas monitors - Multi-gas analyzers
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Nut drivers - Universal nut wrenches
  • Ohmmeters - Volt-ohm meters VOM
  • Personal computers
  • Pocket calculator - Handheld calculators
  • Power blowers - Insulation blowers
  • Power drills - Cordless drills
  • Power saws - Circular saws; Reciprocating saws
  • Power staple guns - Power staplers
  • Pry bars - Wrecking bars
  • Pullers - Cat's paws
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts - Pin punches
  • Putty knives - Putty scrapers
  • Ratchets - Ratchet sets
  • Remote reading thermometers - Non-contact digital thermometers
  • Respirators - Protective respirators
  • Rivet tools - Pop rivet guns
  • Saws - Hand saws
  • Scaffolding
  • Screwdrivers - Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers
  • Single gas monitors - Carbon dioxide CO2 testers
  • Slip or groove joint pliers - Slip joint pliers
  • Socket sets - Socket wrench sets
  • Squares - Combination squares; Framing squares
  • Stripping tools - Wire strippers
  • Tape measures - Steel measuring tapes
  • Tinners snips - Electric tin snips; Hand tin snips
  • Voltage or current meters - Digital voltmeters DVM; Non-contact voltage detectors
  • Wattmeters - Digital wattmeters
  • Wet or dry combination vacuum cleaners - Shop vacuums
  • Wire brushes - Wire cleaning brushes
  • Wire lug crimping tool - Sheet metal crimpers
  • Wood chisels

Knowledge

  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Skills

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities

  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Depth Perception - The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Interests

  • Interest code: RC
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 86% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 67% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 66% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 73% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 69% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 55% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions - 67% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 43% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 43% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 50% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 53% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 40% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 43% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 41% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 40% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 43% responded “Every day.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 57% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 47% responded “Every day.”
  • Electronic Mail - 38% responded “Every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 33% responded “Very important.”
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting - 47% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Physical Proximity - 57% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Spend Time Standing - 53% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 50% responded “Important results.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 47% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 40% responded “Very important.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 43% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Exposed to High Places - 37% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 37% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 30% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Letters and Memos - 34% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 34% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection - 23% responded “Every day.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 25% responded “Every day.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 50% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 86% responded “40 hours.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
55%High school diploma or equivalent
28%Post-secondary certificate
7%Less than high school diploma

Work Styles

  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Work Values

  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $18.29 hourly, $38,040 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 43,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Faster than average (10% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 5,100

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