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Asbestos Workers/Insulators

The Work

Workers in this trade apply insulation materials to pipes, tanks, boilers, ducts, refrigeration equipment and other surfaces requiring thermal control of temperatures. It requires much handling of insulation materials made of fiberglass, rubber, calcium silicate and urethane. Asbestos workers also do removal of asbestos-containing materials.

Working Conditions

The working conditions tend to be in and around dust. A variety of machinery and power tools are constantly used, and workers provide their own hand tools. This trade has a high health hazard risk. Workers must wear respirators, and the proper use and care of respirators is an essential part of the work. Work is conducted in commercial buildings, refineries, ships, industrial plants and private residences in all kinds of indoor and outdoor climates.

The Apprenticeship

The apprenticeship is a 4-year program requiring a minimum of 5,600 hours of on-the-job training, plus 144 hours per year of related classroom training.

All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and complete an application will be interviewed and rated. Apprentices will be selected in order of their ranking received at interview.

The recruitment, selection, employment and training of apprentices during their apprenticeship shall be without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.

Enrollment Period

Enrollment opens on an as-needed basis. There is a waiting list and the people on it are contacted when an enrollment period is about to begin. Call for information or if you'd like to be added to the list.

To Apply

Heat & Frost Insulators & Asbestos Workers Local 97
Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee
407 Denali Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
Contact: Apprenticeship Coordinator
(907) 272-8224 (phone)
(907) 277-8860 (fax)

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