Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers
The work of the INSULATOR and Asbestos Worker today covers industrial, commercial and cryogenics. Industrial applies to all types of industries, such as chemical process, petro-chemical, metal and other process industries, liquid organic heating systems, steam condensing cycles, high temperature hot water systems, etc. The commercial field includes buildings, building services and refrigerated spaces. Cryogenics is the field of low temperature service, such as required by the liquefied gases, generally below minus 100 F.
INSULATORS may also be certified for an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved asbestos abatement program. Certified INSULATORS remove asbestos from schools, hospitals, power plants, chemical and industrial facilities.
INSULATORS work with many types of materials, such as fiberglass, cork, calcium-silicate, foam glass, expanded silicate and spray insulation. They insulate hot and cold piping, refrigerant lines, duct work, boilers, tanks, large power plants, brine lines and cooler rooms.
The INSULATOR works from blueprints and uses tools such as welding machines, knives, scissors, trowels, measuring, and leveling tools.
This is construction work and the work is outside as well as inside, and weather can be a factor. The work at times is performed at heights, working on ladders and scaffolds, or at times may be performed in confined spaces. Worker works with many types of insulating materials, mastics, and vapor barriers. Work is done from blueprints, using a wide variety of power tools; also cutting, leveling and fastening tools.
Recommended High School Courses:
Terms of Apprenticeship
4 - Years on-the-job Training
Minimum accumulation of 6,000 on-the-job training hours
144 hours of related classroom instruction per year
18 years of age*
High School Graduate* or GED
Physically fit to perform the work of the trade
Reside within the geographic jurisdiction** of Insulators Local #2 for at least one year prior to application
Submit a non-refundable processing and testing fee
For further information, call the JATC Office at (724) 788-1913
Admission Requirements of the Joint Apprenticeship Committee
Qualify on a written test established by the Joint Apprenticeship Committee
2 1/2 points are added for each successive year that an applicant retakes the test up to a max of ten pts.
Agree to abide by the Joint Apprenticeship Committee Standards and Rules
Pass a drug test
Agree to attend classroom instruction
* June 30th of the application year
** Please see the jurisdiction page