Dylan, shares with us what it's like to be a roofer at a construction site. He got his job by asking for one at the site and he's learned how to heat weld roofing material. He also shares what he likes most and what he finds hardest about his job.
Roofers repair and install the roofs of buildings using a variety of materials, including shingles, asphalt, and metal. Roofing work is strenuous and tiring. It involves heavy lifting, as well as climbing and bending.
There is substantial on the job training and well as apprenticeship programs.
Most on-the-job training programs consist of informal instruction in which experienced workers teach new workers how to use roofing tools, equipment, machines, and materials. Trainees begin with tasks such as carrying equipment and material and erecting scaffolds and hoists. Within 2 or 3 months, they are taught to measure, cut, and fit roofing materials and, later, to lay asphalt or fiberglass shingles.
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