$250,000 donation from TIAA equips Insulator apprentices for success
The Thermal Insulation Association of Alberta (TIAA) has donated $250,000 to renovate and equip a lab with industry-leading hand tools and machines to train NAIT’s Insulator apprentices. Through the use of the lab, students will be able to develop the practical skills necessary to install insulation to industrial piping and equipment.
Insulator apprentices specialize in systems for energy conservation, as well as environmental temperature and heat transfer control in factories, refineries and buildings.
“New equipment and tools are vitally important to our students learning the hands-on skills emphasized in the program,” said Jim Ripley, chair of NAIT’s Insulator program. “The Insulator program has installed a high-tech camera in the classroom to demonstrate blueprint reading to our students. Thanks to TIAA, instructors are able to continue providing cutting-edge classroom delivery to students using the latest technology.”
Offered at NAIT since 1972, the Insulator program, located in the NAIT Suncor Energy Centre for Piping Systems Technology on the Patricia Campus, has the facility to train 288 apprentices a year with all seats currently filled to capacity. Insulators are in high demand by construction companies, insulation contractors and industrial plants.
“TIAA continually looks for ways to ensure the continued success and growth of the mechanical insulation industry,” said Erika Holter, manager of TIAA. “This donation was a good step in that direction, and we look forward to seeing this investment pay off by ensuring the next generation of thermal insulators are well-trained, highly skilled members of industry.”
Partnerships with industry associations, such as TIAA, position NAIT at the forefront of apprenticeship training to create a recruitment base for Canada’s growing demand for skilled personnel.
NAIT is one of Canada’s leading polytechnics, with almost 80,000 registrations worldwide in key areas, including science, technology and the environment, business, health care and trades. Known for real-world education and student success, NAIT also engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. NAIT enrolled its first students - 29 communication electrician apprentices - in 1962 and this year concludes its 50th anniversary celebrations.
About the Thermal Insulation Association of Alberta
TIAA’s mission is to improve and elevate the technical and general knowledge of the mechanical insulation industry in Alberta, promoting excellence in manufacture, application and installation of all insulation products and materials, with just and honorable practice in the conduct of business.