Educating end users on the importance of mechanical insulation

Educating business owners and other decision makers is vital to the success of the mechanical insulation industry. Without knowledge of the many benefits of mechanical insulation, it is difficult for a project owner to invest in the technology.

The Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) works to advance the industry. Mechanical Insulators LMCT Executive Director Pete Ielmini joined the AWF Union Podcast to preview a new course designed to educate end users about the value of properly installed and maintained mechanical insulation.

Mechanical insulation evaluation course

Ielmini is facilitating a new training program being organized by the LMCT.

This 40-hour program will target building managers of universities, school districts, hospitals and other large facilities who often make decisions regarding the installation or maintenance of mechanical insulation.

Ielmini explained how class participants will be taught to examine insulation or determine if a system needs mechanical insulation. They will also learn about the various products, as many insulation products are not worthwhile and only offer a quick fix. This course will help participants decide how to wisely invest in insulation.

The class will discuss the different applications of insulation. For instance, mechanical insulation used to retain heat differs from insulation to repel heat. The different uses of mechanical installation require different products and different installation methods.

Additionally, the course will teach participants about thermal imaging and how it applies to mechanical insulation. Most importantly, participants will learn how to properly read a thermal image for effectiveness or failures in their mechanical insulation.

The LMCT strives to help consumers better understand their trade. He said they are not selling a widget, but are instead furthering their industry as a whole through education.

This course is important because of who it targets. Mechanical Insulators already receive an industry education through their registered apprenticeship program and contractors focus on installing and maintaining mechanical insulation. Those two sectors are already aware of the value and benefits of mechanical insulation. However, the segment of the population whom Ielmini wants to educate includes those who may want to invest in mechanical insulation.


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