Insulator Careers

Insulators can earn up to


After the apprenticeship and based on certifications, a journeyperson insulator (a qualified and skilled person in a trade), can earn up to $35.00 an hour.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Employment of insulators is projected to grow 5% from 2014 to 2024, on pace with the average for all occupations. The construction of large projects, such as high-rise buildings, is expected to drive employment growth, as will the need to rehabilitate, maintain and replace an increasing number of aging buildings.

Mechanical insulation is thermal insulation used on piping, equipment and all types of mechanical systems, including boilers, HVAC systems and ducts.

Mechanical insulation serves the following functions:

  • Conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Regulate the temperature of process systems
  • Condensation control and mold prevention

Insulators perform physically demanding and dangerous work, often working at great heights. As a result, workers must wear protective equipment, like harnesses, to reduce the risk of on the job injury.

Insulators learn their trade through a registered apprenticeship program that is usually cost free to the student. A high-school diploma or equivalent is typically required to begin your apprenticeship and career in the trade.

The certified training and apprenticeship program for insulators is run through Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers and offers apprentices superior education, at little or no cost to the student, that enables them to reach their full potential within the trade.

Apprentices are able to earn living wages from day one and benefits (health, vision, etc.) are available to all students.

Once apprenticeship is complete, tradespeople continue their education and are able to advance to journeyperson status and beyond through continued education and certification programs.