Insulator (Heat & Frost)





At a glance

Insulators install, insulate, service, maintain, repair, and remove insulation items in commercial, industrial, and institutional establishments. They work with a variety of insulation materials such as fiberglass, styrofoam, mineral wool, calcium silicate, and foamglas, as well as, a variety of jacketing materials: aluminum, stainless steel, PVC, and canvas to install insulation for thermal, refactory, and cryogenic applications on all types of industrial and commercial equipment - piping, duct, heat exchangers, tanks, and vessels.

Work environment

Work environments for construction careers can be located outdoors or indoors or both. Work hours may vary as well. Some positions are seasonal while others are all year round, but part-time. Other positions are project-based and may require you to work full-time until the project is complete. And, of course there are careers that have full-time hours all year round.

Below is a list of workplaces where you might find opportunities to gain apprenticeship hours and/or experience. (Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook and Manitoba Prospects)

  • Construction companies,
  • Insulation companies
  • Industrial plants

Other conditions: N/A

Mini Skills Assessment

If you answer YES to the questions below, then you could train to be an Insulator!

  • Could you work on the ground or in high places?
  • Do you like working with your hands?
  • Are you adaptable to go from working indoors to outdoors in all kinds of weather?
  • Do you like working alone on projects that require patience?

Essential Skills Profiles

The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones.


Below you will find the annual salaries for apprentices and journeypersons for an Insulator (Heat & Frost).

Minimum for Apprentices

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba


Average for Journey Persons

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba


For more information on apprenticeship wages, visit

Every year, the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) Construction Sector releases Minimum Wage Schedules for Manitoba. Below are the minimum wage rates for this career.

Minimum Wage Rate January 1, 2017 or after
Journeypersons $29.85



Note: To receive the most up-to-date information about satisfying apprenticeship level requirements, contact Apprentice Manitoba or visit

Insulator (Heat & Frost)

Program Length (Minimum Years)

4 years

Level Requirements

Required Hours for each level (L)

L1: 1, 500 hours L2: 1, 500 hours

L3: 1, 500 hours L4: 1, 500 hours

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)

Y1: 6 weeks Y2: 6 weeks Y3: 6 weeks Y4: 0 weeks

Additional Licensing


Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years of experience required

(within last 10 years)

6 years

Minimum hours experience required

9, 000 hours

Practical Exam required


Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work


Red Seal Trade available


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