Roofers work on a variety of types of buildings, protecting those facilities against water damage to the structure and it contents. Roofing in the commercial and industrial sector is generally of the built-up type or the single-ply category. In built-up roofing, layers of felt are set in hot bitumen over insulation boards to form a waterproof membrane. A separate category of Roofing is the modified bitumen system that may be applied with hot bitumen or torched-on with high intensity propane burners. Another type of roofing is the residential type, although these applications can also be done in the commercial and industrial sector as well. They include composition shingles, slate, tile and metal rods.
Some of the advantages of a career in the unionized Roofing industry are:
WAGES The wages in the union Roofing industry allow you the chance to raise a family with a decent standard of living. Currently, the wage rate for a skilled Roofer is $22.68 per hour. The Apprentice wage rate for a Roofer with limited experience would start out at over $11.34 per hour. Depending upon your level of experience, you would be started at some wage rate between $11.34 per hour and $22.68 per hour.
HEALTH INSURANCE While you may be healthy and in no need of health insurance today or even this year, when the day comes that you or your family become seriously ill, the union Roofing industry offers a generous health insurance plan to cover the high costs of health insurance.
PENSION BENEFITS The union Roofing industry offers generous pension plans to provide you and your family income when you are too old to work. While that may be years away from now, it makes sense to save for the future.
TRAINING Free apprentice training is provided so that you can become familiar with different kinds of Roofing work rather than just one type of work. These additional skills will improve your chances of getting and keeping work in the Roofing industry. Even after completion of apprentice training, free upgrade training is offered to journeymen to keep your skills up-to-date.
LAYOFFS In the event that you are laid off or the company that you are working for goes out of business, rather than abandon you, the Union will work with you to find work at another Roofing contractor.
SAFETY TRAINING Free safety training is provided so that you perform your job as a Roofer while reducing the chance that you will suffer a serious injury on the job.
COLLEGE CREDIT An innovation in the Roofer apprenticeship program combines apprenticeship with college study. Apprentices are dually enrolled in the apprentice program and receive free college credit to recognize the achievement of those who successfully complete their apprenticeship program. This is a way to expand your career options in the Roofing industry.
The Roofer Apprenticeship program is a five year program that includes 6500 hours of on the job training (time for which you are paid) and two 144 hour training classes (time for which you are not paid). The classes are usually held in February each year. You will receive scheduled raises in pay as you complete each year of schooling and 1300 hours of work. The apprenticeship program is not a guarantee of work as the Roofing industry is very seasonal and dependent upon economic conditions. Openings for the Roofer Apprenticeship are advertised from time to time at this web-site.