Careers In Construction
Roofer / Waterproofer (Updated May 2009)
Roofers use a wide range of products and application techniques for applying hot asphalt, hot coal tar pitch, rubber (EPDM and Hypalon), thermo plastics systems, torch applied modified bitumen and cold applied systems. In addition, they install insulation and gravel and work with slate, cement & clay tile and shingles. Waterproofers apply materials to plaza decks and building foundations to keep moisture out.
Length of Apprenticeship:
Apprentices attend a variety of safety and roof application classes during their five year apprenticeship.
Five (5) yearsMinimum 5,500 hours of on-the-job training.
Must be at least 18 years old.
1st year, 1st six months: 45% of journeyman wage
1st year, 2nd six months: 50% of journeyman wage
2nd year: 60% of journeyman wage
3rd year: 65% of journeyman wage
4th year: 70% of journeyman wage
5th year: 80% of journeyman wage
Journeyman Level: 100% of journeyman wage
Health Program, Pension (Local and International).
Must show an original high school diploma, G.E.D. Certificate or six months of documented roofing experience.
Must valid drivers license and social security card.
Must pass a physical exam.
Must pass a drug test.
Must have reliable transportation.
Must be able to speak and understand the English language.
All classes are taught in English.
Must pay $20 application fee, cash or money order.
Must be physically able to do the work of the trade.
Roofers and Waterproofers work in extreme temperatures at high altitudes.
Recommended Preparatory Classes:
Algebra, geometry, mechanical drawing, reading comprehension and physical education classes.
Must be able to work at high levels.
Must be able to work in confined spaces.
Complete application. (Applications are available all year and must be completed at the office.)
(Helpful, but not necessary for acceptance.) Familiarity with outside work or any job that called for the use of tools, drafting or practical application would be beneficial.
Take aptitude test
Once notified, take and pass a drug screening and physical exam within 24 hours of being called.
Must join the Roofers Union.
Chicagoland Roofers Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee
7045 Joliet Road
Indian Head Park, Illinois 60525
Phone (708) 246-4488
Fax (708) 246-5908