Let’s wrap up a new career

The International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Union Local 99 in Manitoba are in need of some bright new recruits. If you are looking for a great career that offers the opportunity to work on some of the most interesting industrial, institutional and commercial construction projects in Manitoba, then this trade may be just right for you. With the continued growth and redevelopment that is occurring in many areas of our province, the demand for skilled tradesmen and women has never been stronger.

The skills and work performed by the Heat and Frost Insulators are essential to every major construction project planned, proposed or underway across Canada. Heat and Frost Insulators apply insulation materials to plumbing, heating, cooling and refrigeration systems as well as piping equipment and pressure vessels to reduce the passage of heat, cold, sound or fire.

Not only does their work provide year-round safety and comfort to those who work in the buildings they have helped construct, they also contribute to preserving our environment by ensuring proper insulating standards are met, thus significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions, cutting back on pollution and saving energy. It is not surprising their work and skills earn them great pay, great respect and great opportunities.

From an insulation point of view, we are perhaps most familiar with the bundles of pink insulation we use in our homes to ward off heat and keep in the cool in summer and do the opposite in winter. When it comes to insulation in a commercial or industrial setting, the applications are wide ranging and the technology utilized is derived from the science of thermodynamics. Today’s Heat and Frost Insulators utilize the latest technology to ensure not only an energy-efficient environment but most importantly, a safe environment in which employees will work.

Of the many concerns related to safety, air quality and fire suppression lead the way. Through the use of proper insulating materials and procedures, Heat and Frost Insulators help prevent moisture and condensation from occurring in any mechanical system in a building, mitigating the chances of mould growth and mould spore propagation, one of the leading causes of poor indoor air quality and a contributing factor to “sick building syndrome.”

Technology related to fire suppression in commercial and industrial settings has advanced greatly, largely due to preventing a reoccurrence of the tragic events of a hotel fire in Las Vegas back in 1980. Today, Heat and Frost Insulators utilize the latest advances in materials science for applications of fire stopping technology to prevent not only the spread of a fire but also the spread of smoke and gases which are one of the main hazards in such a scenario.

You may ask, with all this science and technology involved, is this trade something I can learn and do? The answer is yes. In Manitoba, the Heat and Frost Insulators trade welcomes all men and women who are dedicated, hard-working and eager to start learning. The educational requirements to start work as a Heat and Frost Insulator vary depending upon where you live but most provinces and territories require you have a high school diploma (or equivalent) and that you are at least 18 years old.

Heat and Frost Insulators are skilled and resourceful people. They need to be good with their hands and able to think quickly. Here are some of the other key traits and aptitudes that these successful trades people share:
-An eye for detail
-The ability to work independently as well as part of a team
-The ability to work with machinery, hand tools and power tools
-An appreciation for working both indoors and outdoors
-The ability to work at varying heights
-A basic understanding of geometry

What’s in it for you?
In addition to the satisfaction of knowing that you will be protecting and improving the lives of those whose workplaces you build, here are some other key perks of this trade:
-Pride of work – you’ll be helping build major Canadian construction projects
-Low cost of education – you can learn on the job, and through an apprenticeship program which lets you earn while you learn
-Travel and mobility – the industry is project based, so if you are interested in travel, the trade can take you across Canada and around the world
-On-the-job variety – every job is different and you’ll learn something new each day
-Teamwork and camaraderie – men and women in the trade work together to do the best job possible
-Great pay – Heat and Frost Insulators earn high wages and benefits like a Health & Welfare and Pension Plan

The heat and frost insulation industry has something for everyone. If you love working with your hands, you can spend your career as a certified Heat and Frost Insulator – a journey person earning the highest wages and benefits. With experience and additional training, you can move to supervisory roles, including those of site foreman, general foreman or project manager.

If you are interested in a career as a Heat and Frost Insulator, now is the time to get started. Due to Canada’s aging workforce and construction booms in the institutional and industrial sectors, there are good job opportunities right here in Manitoba. For more information, contact the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Union Local 99 at 204-694-0726 or local99@shaw.ca.

One thought on “Let’s wrap up a new career”

  1. Hello. Thank you posting this opportunity, This one helped me a lot. Because I’m currently finding a job that fits on my qualification. Maybe sooner or later I will apply in you’re company. I want to learn more about heat and frost insulation and about Insulation Materials as well.

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