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Heat & Frost Insulator

Heat & Frost Insulators Local #17 Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee
18520 Spring Creek Dr.
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(704) 468-8000

Heat and Frost Insulators work with commercial and industrial insulation. They install insulation and soundproofing for heating, ventilation, steam generation, process piping and plumbing systems, remove hazardous waste, and firestopping.

Basic Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or in the process of naturalization.
  • Must pass a personal interview.
  • Must pass an aptitude test.
  • Must pass a drug screening.
  • Must be physically fit to work in the construction industry.
  • Must have reliable transportation.

How to Apply

  • Complete the application form and return to an AIC representative in an IDES office nearest you. Call before going to above address. When you apply you will need to fill out their application.
  • Obtain and complete application. Applications available Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. - only during the two weeks that the applications are open for (check local newspapers or the Local 17 Insulators website for dates).
  • Submit copies of high school diploma, high school grades, and/or GED certificate.
  • Take and pass a general aptitude test.
  • Take and pass a personal interview.
  • Pass a physical exam.
  • Applicants will be ranked based on results.


  • Must work well with others.
  • Must be able to work at high levels from scaffolds and ladders.
  • Must be able to understand and follow instructions.
  • Must be able to lift heavy objects.
  • Must be able to work in confined spaces.
  • Must be able to work in a respirator depending on materials being used.

Recommended Preparatory Classes

  • Algebra, geometry, and mechanical drawing classes.

Work Experience

(Helpful but not necessary)

  • Hazardous waste handling experience is helpful.

Working Conditions

  • Heat & Frost Insulators work in all kinds of weather elements with the majority of work being performed outdoors.

Length of Apprenticeship

Five (5) years - Minimum of 720 hours of classroom instruction.

  • Apprentices receive 144 hours of classroom instruction per year.
  • Apprentices must receive a minimum of 1,600 hours of on-the-job training a year.

Wage Information

  • 1st year 50% of journeyman's wage
  • 2nd year 60% of journeyman's wage
  • 3rd year 70% of journeyman's wage
  • 4th year 80% of journeyman's wage
  • 5th year 90% of journeyman's wage
  • Journeyman level 100% of journeyman's wage
  • Average Journeyman's wage rate = $45.55 HR


  • Health Insurance, Pension, and Annuity