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Weatherization Installer/Technician  What They Do

Just the Facts


Performs 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.

This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Maintenance/Operations pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Tests and diagnoses air flow systems, using furnace efficiency analysis equipment.
  • Inspects buildings to identify required weatherization measures, including repair work, modification, or replacement.
  • Applies insulation materials such as loose, blanket, board, and foam insulation to attics, crawl spaces, basements, or walls.
  • Maintains activity logs, financial transaction logs, or other records of weatherization work performed.
  • Prepares or assists in the preparation of bids, contracts, or written reports related to weatherization work.
  • Installs and seals air ducts, combustion air openings, or ventilation openings to improve heating and cooling efficiency.
  • Recommends weatherization techniques to clients in accordance with needs and applicable energy regulations, codes, policies, or statutes.
  • Explains energy conservation measures, such as the use of low flow showerheads and energy efficient lighting.
  • Explains recommendations, policies, procedures, requirements, or other related information to residents or building owners.
  • Cleans and maintains tools and equipment.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves kneeling, crouching, stooping, and/or crawling more than one-third of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of special protective items such as a breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suit, or radiation protection
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work at heights above 8 feet more than once a month on structures such as ladders, poles, scaffolding, and catwalks

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • 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 --