The Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers Union 18 is committed to providing an adequate supply of trained insulation mechanics with the competitive skills necessary to meet industry needs now and in the future.

The goal of the apprentice program is to provide the highest level of level to apprentices, in order that they may assume positions as fully-qualified journeymen ready to meet the professional challenges of the insulation industry.

The program is structured for entry-level workers, as well as insulation workers already  employed within the industry who wish to upgrade their skills and advance to journeyman status, at the same time benefiting  from membership in the Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers Union.

The apprentice program emphasizes on-the-job training and classroom instruction, as well as the use of textbooks and other course materials that give participants  thorough knowledge of the trade.

As an apprentice, you will be assigned to work for an insulation contractor.  During your apprenticeship, you will work side-by-side with experienced journeymen who understand the practical application and theory.

As you progress through each year of the program, the tasks  you are assigned will become more complicated and your work will require less supervision.  Gradually , your sense of pride, independence, and self-confidence will grow as you accomplish increasingly difficult tasks with less assistance and instruction.

In addition, your earnings will be adjusted upward each year to reflect your advancing skills and increasing knowledge of the trade.  The average starting wage for a first year apprentice is 50% of the journeyman wage rate plus fringe benefits. In recent years, Unionized insulation mechanics earned average wages of $22 per hour plus health insurance and pension plans.

When you are now at the job site, you will be attending classes taught by highly qualified instructors chosen for their extensive knowledge and expertise.

Upon completion of your apprenticeship, you will take an examination to demonstrate your mastery of the knowledge and skills you've been taught.  Passage of this test is necessary to obtain journeyman status.

This is the apprenticeship experience, "practical - hands on" learning, backed up by excellent classroom instructions and course materials.  You won't have to wait to complete your training to begin earning a living.  You will earn while you learn, placing you on an immediate path toward economic security and stability.


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