A Roofer (449A) installs, repairs and replaces roofing systems, including conventional, inverted built-up, single-ply and two-ply modified. They also perform damp, water and weather- proofing along with installing and repairing slate, tile and shingles and resurfacing roofs.
You may find additional information about applicable standards at the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website - Construction sector link: www.collegeoftrades.ca/trades/training-standards1/construction.
Job Related Skills, Interests and Values
This work is most rewarding for those who enjoy physical exercise, working with their hands, developing special skills, and the security of steady employment.
What Preparation and Training Do You Need?
To become a Roofer, you should preferably have a secondary school diploma this is usually required by employers and unions today, but grade 10 is currently the legal minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades. Completion of a 4,000 hour apprenticeship will include a combination of on-the-job and in-school training, before successfully writing an examination to obtain your Certificate of Qualification. Related training in High School through co-operative education in construction, or technical courses is an advantage.
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What’s Your Future as a Roofer?
Most roofers are employed by roofing contractors on construction or repair jobs. Some roofers are members of unions and work from union halls.
The work is seasonal and workers may expect periods of unemployment due to inclement weather even during the summer months. However, this occupation is less sensitive to economic changes than some other construction trades because there is steady demand for repair work even if new construction is slow. Roof systems require regular replacement every 15 to 20 years depending on the system used.
Roofers may advance to supervisory positions or become contractors themselves. With additional apprenticeship training, they can transfer their skills to other construction occupations such as carpenter or sheet metal worker. Examples of typical employers include:
For additional information about this career, check out the construction sector website at: www.CareersInConstruction.ca.
Ask Yourself: Is working as a Roofer for You?
If you answered yes to most of these questions, a career as a Roofer may be for you!
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