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Weatherization Installers and Technicians

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

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

    Skills

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Installation

      Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    3

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • 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 that 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.

    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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 36160/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 17.39/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,110
    • Yearly Projected Openings 150

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Self Control
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Concern for Others
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity

    Tools

    • Squares
    • Screwdrivers
    • Putty knives
    • Power saws
    • Leak testing equipment

    Technology

    • Development environment software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Customer relationship management CRM software
    • Calendar and scheduling software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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