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Heat & Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers Seattle Local # 7


History/ Geographical Area

The Heat and Frost Apprenticeship standards were approved January 28, 1956 and Seattle Local # 7 was formed January 26, 1912 the geographical area covered by this apprenticeship program covers 20 counties of Washington State which are, Chelan, Clallam, Douglas, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Lewis, Mason, Okanogan, Pacific, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston, Whatcom and Yakima. As an apprentice you could be working anywhere in the 20 counties.



Heat and Frost Insulators must be willing to work under almost limitless conditions, from sub-zero weather outside to the hottest summer days and hot boiler rooms, should be able to work in confined spaces as well as working up high using appropriate fall protection. Must be available for work in all 20 counties that our territory covers. We apply materials to pipes, tanks, boilers, duct, refrigeration equipment and other surfaces requiring thermal control of temperatures. Insulation materials come in molded blanket, block foam, and granulated forms of calcium silicate, fiberglass, urethane, cork rubber, etc. and then finish with a layer of jacketing which can be of metal, pvc, cloth or paper. We work in commercial buildings, industrial plants as in refineries, ships, atomic facilities, and private residences. As an a apprentice you will start out at 40% of a journeymen’s wage with a raise every six months throughout the apprenticeship, with that we have two pension plans and health plan that are part of the total wage package.


Apprentice Process

The apprenticeship consists of a five year program requiring a minimum of 1,600 hours of On-The-Job training each year in addition there are 160 hours of supplemental classroom instruction training in our classroom each year for the five years of apprenticeship, coming in for 40 hours one week each quarter of the school year.


What’s Required by You?

To apply you will to come to our training facility, fill out an application let me have a copy of you current Washington state drivers license and social security card be a minimum of 18 years old we will then get you back in with an interview and basic math evaluation with our apprenticeship committee at which time your put on the waiting list to come into the apprenticeship program.


Journeymen Process

Once you have gone though the five years of apprenticeship you will take a final exam consisting of a written and hands on test once that is passed by a 70% score or better you are elevated to journeymen status at which time you can travel and work anywhere you would like to go as a Journeymen insulator. We also have on going training for all of our journeymen to keep our entire workforce up to modern technologies and new materials available in our industry.


Who to Contact

Doug Steinmetzer                         

Heat & Frost Ins. JATC Coordinator

3000 NE 4th Street                                                                     

Renton, WA 98056                                                                     


425-235-2419 Fax



Heat & Frost Insulators & Asbestos Workers Local # 7

14675 Interurban Ave. S. Suite # 103

Tukwila, WA 98168


206-812-0779 Fax


Doug Steinmetzer

Seattle Local # 7 JATC Coordinator

3000 NE 4th St. Build E

Renton WA 98056


425-235-2419 Fax



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