Pipe Insulator Apprentice






High School Diploma or Equivalent



Innovative Refrigeration Systems, Inc. is a locally-owned, premier custom refrigeration system company that provides a one-stop shop for our valued customers. We are proud to provide everything from custom designed refrigeration systems to upkeep and maintenance for our clients. Because of our continuous growth, we are looking for qualified new teammates who share our drive and vision.

We are seeking an Insulation Apprentice for a nationwide traveling position. This person will be responsible for cutting, fitting, and installing pipe insulation and the components of insulation systems in an industrial setting. Advancement opportunities are available. Travel is required.

Why work for us? We can offer you a career path and training to advance your career to the next level! We offer competitive salary, full benefits, substantial retirement packages (15% dollar for dollar match!), and growth opportunities to establish a career. Simply put, we are looking to invest time and money into developing the most elite team in the refrigeration industry. If you want to be the best in the business, this position is for you!

Company Values:

Our company focuses on four core values: Safety, Quality, Experience and Reliability. Innovative Refrigeration Systems not only meets the needs of our customers, but exceeds their expectations. We hold ourselves to a higher standard, and pursue ever-improving quality. As a full service company, our customers have come to count on our commitment to excellence in every system and service we provide.

  • Safety: Our company is one of the few in the state of Virginia that is OSHA SHARP certified which means we are a model for workplace health and safety. The safety of our employees is a top priority for us.
  • Quality: We settle for only the best, and our customers know when they work with us that they are getting the best-in-class products and services.
  • Experience: We focus on ensuring our staff have the experience necessary to thrive in their career. We do this by offering apprenticeship opportunities, our self-guided STAR training program, and by placing a heavy focus on internal training.
  • Reliability: High quality product from the start is critical in sustaining long-lasting relationships with our customers. From design, to construction, and continuing into service and aftermarket support, our team offers unbeatable full life-cycle refrigeration expertise.

Training Course Overview:

The candidate will travel to our manufacturing facility for the first 8 weeks to work closely with our shop team for hands-on, detail focused training. This time period will be used to gauge your work ethic and motivation. The remaining 8 weeks of training will be completed in the field by an insulation foreman/leadman to train skills. These skills include but not limited to: cutting, fitting, and installing pipe insulation, rigging, painting, grinding, carpentry, and other general laborer work as required. The more you learn about our production processes, the more valuable you are to our team! Once you have proven you are able to master all other aspects of the job over the 16-week program, you will be signed off to work with our traveling construction team on a 10 day on, 4-day off schedule. Due to training constraints, we will only hire 2-3 trainees at any given time to not overburden the foremen. This program will require flexibility on timing for the candidates, below outline is an outline and not the 100% rule. Schedule will largely depend on work available during their time in the program. Apprentices will begin reporting directly to their foreman upon completion of onboarding. All raises will be based upon personal merit and work ethic.

Please note: This is not a traditional training school. This is a boot-camp-like program that will prepare you to work in the industrial insulation field. This is a compressed, intense, fast-paced and challenging training course. You will not be insulating for the entire duration of this program. Other work is required in addition to insulation.


Key Duties:

  • Assist in other areas of the jobsite as required – including welder helper work, painting, carpentry, and other general construction labor tasks
  • Perform load rigging, torch cutting, and leveling with use of measurement tools under guidance from a project supervisor
  • Other duties as needed on job sites


  • We require all candidates to have a minimum of 6 months of construction or labor intensive work experience
  • Extensive travel required (typical tour is 10 days from the Tuesday of 1st week to the Thursday of 2nd week - with 10-12 hour days). 
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, and be capable of driving up to 15 hours away from home
  • Ability to operate industrial equipment including forklifts, scissor lifts, etc.
  • Position requires pre-employment drug screening, criminal background screening, and driving record check. If you have had a DUI within the past 5 years you are not eligible for employment at this time
  • This position is a safety sensitive position and will require pre-employment and regular drug testing
  • Must be able to acquire all required insulation tools prior to being released to construction

After training you should be able to

  • Understand the basic materials used for insulation
  • Understand vapor barriers
  • Read a tape measure and know basic math
  • Operate hand tools and power tools
  • Provide all the basic insulator tools
  • Scissor lift and fork lift practical training
  • Be proficient in the basic skills of cutting, fitting and installing heavy industrial pipe insulation


  • Retirement plan; company matches dollar for dollar up to 15%
  • Health insurance; company pays 75% of the premiums for employee/family
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Weekly pay
  • Competitive vacation & holiday pay
  • Supplemental insurance available (Aflac)
  • Short-term & long-term disability coverage
  • Accidental death/dismemberment coverage after one year of employment
  • Life insurance coverage after one year of employment
  • Employee referral incentives
  • Opportunities for advancement, professional development, training opportunities, and apprenticeship programs available
  • Discounts on cell phone plans, rental vehicles, and other company discounts for eligible positions