APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:
Must be at least 18 years old; must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate; must show two pieces of identification; must pass a physical exam; must pass a drug test; must have reliable transportation; and must be able to speak, read, and write the English language. The apprenticeship program runs for four years with a minimum of 4,800 hours of on-the-job training. Apprentices attend 144 hours of classroom training during the first two years of the program. Classes are held on Saturdays during the winter months; 3rd and 4th year apprentices must participate in advanced training and special classes that are held on weekday evenings and Saturdays.
Apprentices start at 50 percent of scale.
RECOMMENDED PREPARATORY CLASSES:
Algebra, geometry, mechanical drawing, reading comprehension and physical education classes.
Roofing work is strenuous. It involves heavy lifting, as well as climbing, bending and kneeling. Roofers risk injuries from slips or falls from scaffolds, ladders or roofs and burns from hot bitumen. Roofers work outdoors in all types of weather, particularly when making repairs. Roofs are extremely hot during the summer.
Must be physically able to do the work of the trade; must be able to work at high levels; and must be able to work in confined spaces.
3917 S.W. Adams
Peoria, Illinois 61605
Roofers Local 69
To protect buildings and their contents, roofers repair and install roofs of tar or asphalt and gravel, rubber, thermoplastic and metal; and shingles made of asphalt, slate, fiberglass, wood, tile or other material. Repair and reroofing provide many job opportunities for these workers. Roofers also may waterproof foundation walls and floors. There are two types of roofs, flat and pitched (sloped). Most commercial, industrial and apartment buildings have flat or slightly sloping roofs. Most houses have pitched roofs. Some roofers work on both types, while others specialize.