What does a Roofer (449A) do?

Roofers install, repair, and replace 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.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Reading interpreting drawings, specifications, and manuals
  • Examining/inspecting roof surfaces and documenting condition using sketches and diagrams
  • Setting up manual and power hoists, determining the weight of the load, and using hand signals during lift
  • Selecting, setting up, maintaining, and operating hand/power tools and equipment
  • Being in good physical condition
  • Working well with co-workers under deadlines
  • Learning about and keeping up-to-date on all applicable work materials and regulations

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 10 is the legal minimum, but a high school diploma is often required; related training through co-op/technical courses is advantageous
  • Completion of a 4,000-hour apprenticeship, including a combination of on-the-job and in-school training
  • Exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Roofer (449A)?

  • Often employed by roofing contractors, and some are union members
  • Work is seasonal but there is steady demand; expect periods of unemployment due to inclement weather
  • Often hired by residential building developers, construction firms and contractors, and roofing contractors

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $29.00-$42.00 per hour.


Roofer (449A)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you enjoy working with your hands using a variety of tools and equipment?
Are you good at using numbers and performing calculations?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Can you lift 50lbs comfortably?
Do you enjoy keeping up with and learning about new technology and materials?
Would you enjoy interacting with site supervisors, customers, suppliers, co-workers and other tradespeople to get the job done?
Do you have excellent time-management skills? Are you an organized person?

If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Roofer (449A) may be for you!

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  • Insulator
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