Meet the Heat and Frost Insulators

Nick Betuk, Journeyperson(Nova Scotia)

When Nick Betuik first found work as a heat and frost insulator, he doubled the salary he had earned at his previous job. Nick started working at Her Majesty's Canadian (HMC) Dockyard in Halifax as a cleaner in 1998, earning $5.50 an hour. When his supervisor recognized Nick's strong work ethic, he recommended that Nick try his hand at heat and frost insulation. As a first-year apprentice, Nick earned $11 an hour.

Now 28 years old and a certified journeyperson, Nick recalls what he liked so much about the trade—and what he still loves best today: "There's a lot of variation … I thought it was great because we went to different (job sites) and always worked on different (projects)." Through his work, he is helped build schools, hospitals and ships across Nova Scotia. Although many heat and frost insulators look forward to the travel opportunities that often arise with the trade, Nick has never worked outside of his home province, and that is something that he appreciates now more than ever. As a married man with a new house, he is grateful for the many job opportunities available to him close to home.

Nick is currently working at Dalhousie University, installing insulation in the newly renovated engineering building. He is very happy with the job experiences he has had to date, and plans to continue working in the field for the duration of his career. As Nick sees it, he and his family have a secure future as long as he works in the heat and frost insulation industry. "A lot of people don't realize what kind of potential there is (in heat and frost insulation) for high wages and benefits … A lot of people want to be working right out of high school and (heat and frost insulation provides) a great opportunity to do that for someone who's willing to work."

That approach has certainly paid off big for Nick.