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ADVANCED WEATHERIZATION

CONSTRUCTION

People working in the field of weatherization perform a variety of activities to protect homes and businesses from the elements and make them more energy efficient. Their duties can include sealing and repairing windows, insulating ducts, and performing heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning work. May perform energy audits and advise clients on energy conservation measures.

Career Details

Skills

Students in Advanced Weatherization are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Use high-tech equipment to pinpoint which areas of a building use the most energy
  • Evaluate, remove, and apply insulation to a building
  • Able to use energy audit software
  • Able to employ good communication skills to explain energy issues to clients
  • Understanding of building and construction methods as they apply to energy efficiency and weatherization
  • Knowledge of energy efficient HVAC, lighting, and plumbing systems
  • Knowledge of local building codes

Career Options

Weatherization technicians often work in cold and hot conditions that are dirty, dusty, and often claustrophobic like attics, crawl spaces, and basements. They usually work for companies in a team setting, such as in public works at schools or in privately owned businesses. They may also be self-employed taking house calls. Long hours and weekends are sometimes required to finish a job or when called in for emergencies.

Requirements

Before entering the Advanced Weatherization program, students must:

  • Complete a Job Corps basic career technical training program.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have a positive attendance and progress record.
  • Complete a successful phone, in-person, or videoconference interview.

Credentials

As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a center-based program in the Construction training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from organizations such as:

  • National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)

Students training in union-affiliated programs can earn a certificate of completion that offers apprenticeship opportunities and on-the-job experience from organizations such as:

  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC)
  • International Masonry Institute (IMI)
  • International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
  • The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
  • National Plastering Industry Joint Apprenticeship Trust Fund (NPIJATF)

Advanced Weatherization Numbers to Know

8-12

months to complete career training program

$36K

National average earning potential for this career

Expectations

While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:


Commitment to safety
Dependability
Integrity
Physical dexterity
Professionalism
Teamwork


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