• Roofers apply built-up composition roofing and many other materials such as tile, slate, composition shingles, metals, various types of plastic materials, and other surfaces. Roofers also remove old materials in preparation for new roofing material. Some of the equipment they use tar kettles, power-operated hoists and lifts, compressors, shingle removing equipment, and spray rigs.

    Working Conditions

    Roofers work as part of a crew, outside, usually in the open and are dependent on good weather conditions. The majority of the work is at some height, (on roofs or scaffolds), so much of the time is spent climbing ladders. Work is strenuous and involves standing, lifting, climbing, bending, and squatting, often in a very hot environment.

    Aptitude and Interest

    Roofers must be physically strong, with flexible muscles and joints. Roofers often work high above the ground and anyone with a fear of heights should look for another field. Roofers often work in very hot or very cold weather conditions.

    Training

    To become a skilled roofer training is essential;

    • learning-by-working
    • company on-the-job training programs
    • trade or vocational/technical schools
    • unilaterally (management or labor) sponsored trainee programs
    • through registered, labor-management apprenticeship programs
    • or a combination of the above

    It is generally accepted that the more formalized training programs give more comprehensive skill training. Recommended high school courses include mathematics, blueprint reading, and general shop.

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    Wages

    1st year: 50% of Journeyperson’s Wages. - 2nd year: 50-65% of Journeyperson’s Wages. - 3rd year: 65-85% of Journeyperson’s Wages. - 4th year: 70-80% of Journeyperson’s Wages. - 5th year: 80-85% of Journeyperson’s Wages.