Careers In Construction

Heat & Frost Insulator (Updated June 2009)

Heat and Frost Insulators work with commercial and industrial insulation. They install insulation for heating, ventilation, steam generation, process piping and plumbing systems. They remove asbestos, lead, mold, hazardous waste, install fireproofing, smoke sealing and clean duct systems.

Length of Apprenticeship:

Five (5) years—Minimum of 720 hours of classroom instruction. Apprentices receive 144 hours of classroom instruction per year. (Approximately one class every three weeks.) Apprentices receive a minimum of 1,600 hours of on-the-job training per year.

Wage Information:

1st year: 50% of journeyman wages
2nd year: 60% of journeyman wages
3rd year: 70% of journeyman wages
4th year: 80% of journeyman wages
5th year: 90% of journeyman wages
Journeyman Level: 100% of journeyman wages


Health Insurance, Pension, Annuity.

Basic Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.

  • Must have a high school diploma or a G.E.D. Certificate.

  • Must be physically fit to work in the construction industry.

  • Must pass a drug test.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or in the process of naturalization.

  • Must pass an aptitude test.

  • Must pass a personal interview.

  • Must have personal vehicle for transportation.

  • Working Conditions:

    Heat and Frost Insulators work in all types of weather elements with the majority of the work being performed outdoors.

    Recommended Preparatory Classes:

    Algebra, geometry and mechanical drawing classes


  • Must work well with others.

  • Must be able to understand and follow instructions.

  • Must be able to lift heavy objects.

  • Must be able to work in confined spaces.

  • Must be able to work at high levels on ladders and scaffolds.

  • Work Experience:

    (Helpful, but not necessary for acceptance.) Hazardous waste handling experience is helpful.

    Entry Process:

  • Application periods will be advertised in local papers.

  • Submit certified copies of high school transcripts, and/or G.E.D. Certificate.

  • Pass a physical exam at your own expense.

  • Submit personal/work references.

  • Take and pass a general aptitude test.

  • Take and pass a personal interview.

  • Pass a drug screening test.

  • Contact:

    Heat & Frost Insulators Local #17 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee
    18520 Spring Creek Drive, Suite U
    Tinley Park, IL 60477
    Phone: 708-468-8000


    Robert McGuckin

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