What does a Heat and Frost Insulator (253A) do?

A Heat & Frost Insulator applies insulation materials in order to prevent the transmission of heat, cold, sound, and fire.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Using hand and power tools to apply insulating materials to plumbing, heating, air-handling, cooling and refrigeration systems, piping equipment, pressure vessels, walls, floors, and ceilings
  • Handling and correctly using saws, caulking guns, and metal working/cutting equipment
  • Reading and interpreting drawings and specifications
  • Properly applying and securing insulation using various techniques
  • Implementing safety procedures, including safe equipment use and safe handling of hazardous materials such as lead, ceramic fibre wool, asbestos, and flammable materials
  • Applying a variety of finishes such as plastic, metal and fabric
  • Working independently and as a member of a team, sometimes on tight deadlines

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 10 is the legal minimum, but a secondary school diploma is generally required
  • While not mandatory, apprenticeship training is recommended; completion of 6,400 hours includes on-the-job and in-school training
  • Theory training will include trade-related math and science, blueprint reading, drafting, and health and safety

What's Your Future as a Heat and Frost Insulator (253A)?

  • Generally employed in construction sector; may work in commercial buildings, ships, industrial plants, or private residences
  • Bending/lifting and exposure to hazardous materials are common
  • Often hired by construction and insulation contractors

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $25.00-$35.00 per hour.

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