Heat and Frost Insulators News and Events

Conference Apprentice Competitions get ready for Houston

The competitors heading to Houston in July for the 2023 Master Apprentice Competition (MAC) are winning their way there by besting fellow apprentices at Conference events around the U.S. and Canada.

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Apprentice competition brings three events together

For the first time in the 116-year history of the union, the Insulators held the Local Union Officers Meeting, the Joint Apprenticeship Conference and the Master Apprentice Competition (MAC) at the same time and same location.

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Western Canada prevails in the 2019 Master Apprentice Competition

For the first time in competition history, an apprentice from HFIAW Local 119 earned the Master Apprentice Competition (MAC) title.

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Former Local 17 MAC Competitors put skills on display at major trade show

When a prominent local contractor was tasked to help set up the display area for Johns Manville during the 2018 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition in Chicago, Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 17 turned to two former Master Apprentice Competitors to handle the job.

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Local 27 Apprentice wins 2017 MAC title

Gustavo “Gus” Rodriguez, an Apprentice from HFIAW Local 27 Kansas City, was named the winner of the Master Apprentice Competition based on his performance in Toronto, Canada at the end of June.

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Conference apprentice competitions select finalists for International MAC

As Local Training Directors prepare to attend the JATC Conference in Toronto this summer, 10 highly-skilled HFIAW apprentices are getting ready to compete in the 2017 Master Apprentice Competition.

The International Master Apprentice Competition will be held in Toronto, beginning on June 25, with the JATC Conference starting June 28. Both events will conclude on June 30. 

Most of the 10 apprentices coming to compete in Toronto have already competed and won similar competitions at the Local and then District Conference level. Here are the results from those competitions:

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New Orleans Apprentice prevails in Conference MAC

The Southwest States Conference held their Master Apprentice Competition during the last meeting in New Orleans at HFIAW Local 53's Apprenticeship Building.

The competition included Collin Gillis from Local 87, San Antonio, TX, Chris Nickel from Local 94, Oklahoma City, OK and Gustavo Machigua from Local 53, New Orleans, LA.

Machigua prevailed in a very tight race to win the Southwest States Conference Master Apprentice Competition and the chance to represent the conference at the International MAC.

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2017 MAC Details Released

As we prepare for the upcoming 2017 Master Apprenticeship Competition and JATC Conference, Local 95, the host local, released event details. 

For the first time, the MAC and JATC Conference will be held in Canada, not in the U.S. The MAC will begin on Sunday, June 25 in Toronto and the JATC Conference will begin on Wednesday, June 28. Both events will conclude on Friday, June 30. 

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MAC 2017 in Toronto: Be prepared

The Insulation Industry International Apprentice and Training Fund would like to remind everyone that the 2017 Master Apprentice Competition (MAC) will be in Toronto, Canada from June 27 to July 1. 

All Training Directors planning to attend and any Insulator Apprentices planning to compete in Local or Conference competitions should start preparing now to make sure you can travel to Canada, should you qualify for the 2017 MAC.

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Local 46 apprentice wins MAC, honors former training director

The HFIAW Master Apprentice Competition (MAC) seems to grow in popularity and excitement every year. The annual competition where 10 apprentices compete as Conference representatives to be crowned the “Best of the Best” included an emotional finish this year in Toledo, Ohio.  

Held in conjunction with the 41st annual Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee Conference, the top HFIAW apprentice competitors arrived having already won at the Local and Conference levels.  

“Our training is what sets our profession apart, it is what makes us the best,” HFIAW General President Bud McCourt said during the MAC.

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