Apprenticeship Training Program Local 82, in Spokane, WA

Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers, 2110 N. Fancher Road, Spokane, WA 99212  (509) 315-9864

Welcome to JATC


Earn while you learn!

We are a four year apprenticeship training program for the Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers, Local 82, in Spokane, WA. Our apprenticeship program, referred to as JATC or JATC Local 82 stands for "Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee" and is available to provide training to individuals interested in becoming journeymen mechanical insulators.

JATC is responsible for preparing highly skilled, competent and productive journeymen that will have a thorough knowledge of the insulation trade. Under the supervision of journey-level trade professionals, our students learn all aspects of this highly skilled occupation. While working towards the goal of becoming a journeyman, apprentices are paid a respectable wage while both working and receiving on-going classroom instruction.



What we provide

For four years, JATC provides 160 hours of structured training and education each year, for all Local 82 apprentices that are employed by our signatory contractors.  Classes of one week duration are scheduled in advance and are held at the JATC Training Center in Spokane, WA. We specialize in teaching all the skills necessary to perform the work required on the job site. For example, we teach fabrication, material application, metal layout and Firestop.  JATC requires a high degree of commitment from each apprentice.  Throughout our program we strive to meet the ever-changing demands of the insulation industry.


What we do

As insulators, we insulate hot or cold mechanical structures from ambient temperatures.  Any surface having low, medium or high temperatures such as boilers, furnaces or refridgerator units, found in power plants, refineries or manufacturing facilities are insulated for process control, personnel protection or sound reduction.  After applying insulation, we fabricate and install protective covers, coatings and jackets.

We often work in adverse weather conditions, at significant heights and/or in confined spaces.  Climbing scaffolding, working in a fall-restraint harness and working off ladders, with repeated ups and downs, is common. Insulation materials may be hazardous to one's health.


Pay Scale

Working a minimum of 1400 hours each year, in addition to the required JATC training, will advance your pay scale towards full journeyman pay status as follows: For the first year you will earn 60% of journeyman pay; the second year 70%; the third year 80% and the fourth year you will earn 90% of the journeyman scale.  After completing four years (640 hours) of training and working at least 1400 hours during each of the four years you will attain journeyman status and you will receive full journeyman pay.


Work Areas

 Work areas cover Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho and all of Montana.  Applicants must have reliable transportation and be willing and able to work in these areas.  Our Union, the Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers, Local 82, represents members from this particular  geographical area.  Local 82 organized in 1927 for the purpose of advancing our wages, benefits and working conditions and to assist us in securing employment and protecting our rights and interests.  We still enjoy these advantages today. 


Minimum requirements

Must be 18 years old.

Must have high school diploma or equivalency.

Must have current, valid drivers license.

Must pass pre-employment physical.

Must be able to perform the rigorous manual labor required by the trade.

Other requirements may apply.

The future is green

Mechanical insulators are in the forefront of energy efficient green building goals.

The main purpose of insulation is to retain temperature.  By keeping temperatures constant less energy is used to maintain desired temperatures.  Recent studies show industrial and commercial buildings consume up to 40% of the energy consumed on this continent.  Mechanical insulation, properly installed, can increase system efficiency by 80% or more.

Green technology improves energy conservation and improves energy reduction.

Green technology is also cost saving, environmentally friendly and produces less greenhouse gas emissions. Overall maintenence costs, health and safety costs and risk management are reduced as well.  Building green protects us now and in the future.

Thank you for visiting our site

If you are looking for a career that is both challenging and rewarding, has good starting pay and provides on-the -job training, has health benefits, retirement and pension plans and travel opportunities then becoming a mechanical insulator may be right for you.

We are a drug and alcohol free work place.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Contact Us

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HB Wright, JATC Training Coordintor

JATC Heat & Frost Insulators Local 82

2110 N. Fancher, Spokane, WA 99212



Monday - Thursday: 7am - 3:30pm

Friday: By appointment

Saturday & Sunday: Closed