What is Insulation Work?
Types of Insulation Jobs Available Through Our Union
Members of our union primarily perform two types of insulation work:
Insulator Training in BC
Because insulator (heat and frost) is a Red Seal trade, you can become a journeyperson insulator through a four-year apprenticeship program that has six weeks of technical training per year.
When you register your insulation apprenticeship with us, we indenture you as the sponsor of your apprenticeship, and we submit your hours to Skilled Trades BC (formerly the ITA). Our members perform a variety of impactful insulation work, from permafrost insulation in northern BC to ensure that pipes don’t freeze, to insulating the outer membrane of naval vessels that break ice in the arctic. We offer specialized marine vessel insulation courses at our state-of-the-art, 40,000-square-foot training facility in Delta, BC, to prepare insulators to work on naval ships.
Career Advancement Training for Insulators in BC
Beyond merely offering construction jobs, we foster construction careers, and part of how we do that is through our career-advancement training. In addition to safety training, equipment training, and specialized skills training, we offer programs at the United Brotherhood of Carpenters International Training Center in Las Vegas that take our members’ careers to the next level. Beginning in the third year of apprenticeship, members are offered courses to develop:
- Leadership skills
- Relationship management and conflict-resolution skills
- Communication skills
- Empathy skills
- Self-awareness skills
These skills help you become a more effective insulator by enhancing your ability to integrate into a team, communicate effectively, and contribute to a healthy, productive job site culture. This not only reduces costly staff turnover but also helps contractors succeed and bid on more projects, thus providing more work for our members.