Roofers Job Information
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Roofer Job Overview
To protect buildings and their contents, roofers repair and install roofs of tar or asphalt and gravel, rubber, thermoplastic and metal; and shingles made of asphalt, slate, fiberglass, wood, tile or other material. Repair and reroofing provide many job opportunities for these workers. Roofers also may waterproof foundation walls and floors.
There are two types of roofs, flat and pitched (sloped). Most commercial, industrial and apartment buildings have flat or slightly sloping roofs. Most houses have pitched roofs. Some roofers work on both types, while others specialize.
Must be at least 18 years old; must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate; must show two pieces of identification; must have a valid driver’s license; must pass a physical exam; must pass a drug test; must have reliable transportation; and must be able to speak, read, and write the English language.
The apprenticeship program runs for four years with a minimum of 4,600 hours of on-the-job training. Apprentices attend 144 hours of classroom training during each of the four years of the program. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursdays during the winter months; Tuesdays are 1st and 2nd level apprentices and Thursdays are 3rd and 4th year apprentices. Classes run October through March.
Algebra, geometry, mechanical drawing, reading comprehension and physical education classes.
Roofing work is strenuous. It involves heavy lifting, as well as climbing, bending and kneeling. Roofers risk injuries from slips or falls from scaffolds, ladders or roofs and burns from hot bitumen. Roofers work outdoors in all types of weather, particularly when making repairs. Roofs are extremely hot during the summer.
Must be physically able to do the work of the trade; must be able to work at high levels; and must be able to work in confined spaces.
Apprentices start at 60 percent of Wage Scale:
- $32.00/hr Base Wage, plus
- $9.50/hr Health and Welfare, Plus
- $10.85/hr Annuity and Pension
(subject to change)
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