We Build Heat & Frost Insulators

Heat and frost insulators, also known as insulation workers, play a crucial role in the construction industry. These skilled professionals install insulation materials to maintain the temperature and control moisture in various buildings, including commercial, industrial, and residential structures. They work with different types of insulation materials, such as fiberglass, foam, and mineral wool, and apply them to walls, ceilings, pipes, ducts, and equipment. The job requires physical stamina, as insulators often work in confined spaces, at heights, or in challenging weather conditions.

Heat and frost insulators work in a variety of settings, such as new construction projects, industrial plants, and energy facilities, as well as existing structures that need repair or retrofitting. The job also involves traveling to different job sites, which can be both exciting and challenging for those who enjoy exploring new locations. Insulators work with a variety of hand and power tools, such as saws, knives, and staplers, to cut and shape the insulation materials to fit the desired area.

To become a heat and frost insulator, an apprenticeship program is required, which typically lasts for five years. During the apprenticeship, aspiring insulators learn how to read and interpret blueprints, calculate the amount of insulation needed, install insulation materials, and operate various equipment. Additionally, they receive training on safety regulations, including handling hazardous materials, as well as communication and teamwork skills.

Overall, the career path of a heat and frost insulator can be exciting and rewarding for those who enjoy working with their hands, have an eye for detail, and enjoy traveling to different job sites. With a growing demand for energy-efficient buildings, the need for skilled insulation workers is on the rise, providing opportunities for career growth and stability.

How can I Prepare?

To prepare for a career as a heat and frost insulator, students in high school should focus on courses such as basic math, including fractions, decimals, and percentages, as well as geometry, algebra, and science, including chemistry and physics. Courses in technical writing, computer skills, and blueprint reading may also be helpful. In addition, students can benefit from participating in vocational education courses related to building and construction. By participating in these courses, students can gain practical skills and experience that can help them succeed in the heat and frost insulator apprenticeship program. Additionally, students should work on developing physical fitness and stamina as the job requires physical exertion and the ability to work in challenging environments.


Apprenticeship Length

5 Years

Ivy Tech Degree

Not Eligible for Ivy Tech Degree

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Heat & Frost Insulators - Local 17 JATC
18520 Spring Creek Drive
Tinley Park, IL 60477
Phone:  708-468-8000

Application Period
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Application Cost


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