On The Job

Heat and frost insulators enjoy an exciting, challenging and rewarding lifestyle. They work indoors and outdoors on a range of projects, including industrial plants, oil refineries, hospitals, office towers, schools and naval ships.

Their work can take them across Canada and around the world, as they help build some of construction's most impressive projects. To name just a few high-profile projects, heat and frost insulators played a crucial role in building the Alberta Oil Sands Projects in Fort McMurray, the off-shore Hibernia Oil Platform in Newfoundland, the Ultramar refinery in Montreal, and the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. They are also fundamental to the continued success of construction projects at the Halifax Shipyard, Vancouver Shipyards, and Point Hope Maritime Shipyard in Victoria.

Heat and frost insulators can be employed by construction companies and insulation contractors, or they can be self-employed. Because the industry is project-based, heat and frost insulators can create schedules to suit their lifestyles. They can pursue steady, full-time work, or they can arrange to book several months off each year to pursue other interests or spend time with family.

On any given project, the standard work week for heat and frost insulators is 40 hours (eight hours a day, five days a week). However, many heat and frost insulators work overtime, particularly during peak construction periods. Because they are paid by the hour, longer days mean bringing home even bigger paycheques during the busier months. With experience and overtime, heat and frost insulators can earn up to a six-figure salary. For information on specific salary ranges, visit the Salary Potential section of this Web site.

A career as a heat and frost insulator isn't for the faint-hearted. The work can be physically demanding. Heat and frost insulators regularly work with machinery and power tools, sometimes on ladders or scaffolding, and in confined areas. As with all construction jobs, safety is the top priority. Heat and frost insulators are trained to work safely, using equipment such as respirators, coveralls and safety goggles to protect themselves from dust and fibreglass.

Teamwork also plays a significant role in ensuring on-the-job safety. Men and women in the trade work together to do the best job possible. Being a part of a team like that means that there's always someone on the job site who has you covered.