We Build Roofers & Waterproofers

Roofers and Waterproofers play a critical role in maintaining the integrity of buildings by protecting them from water damage. They work on a variety of structures, from residential homes to large commercial and industrial buildings. In the commercial and industrial sector, the focus is often on built-up roofing or single-ply roofing, both of which require extensive knowledge and skill to install properly. The job requires working at heights, often in challenging weather conditions, so it's essential to have good physical conditioning and balance.

In the Roofers & Waterproofers apprenticeship program, trainees learn to install and maintain various roofing and waterproofing systems using a variety of materials and tools. This includes knowledge of how to use roofing and waterproofing materials such as felt, bitumen, TPO, EPDM, and other membranes, and how to work with hot air and propane torches. Trainees also learn to read and interpret blueprints and other construction drawings, ensuring that all work meets industry standards and building codes.

Apprentices also learn to work collaboratively with other skilled trades to ensure that all aspects of a building's construction and maintenance are done to a high standard. The apprenticeship program teaches skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication, all of which are essential for success in this field.

The career path of a Roofer and Waterproofer is a challenging and rewarding one. It offers an opportunity to work in a variety of settings, learn valuable skills, and contribute to the protection and preservation of important structures. By completing a rigorous apprenticeship program, trainees will be well-prepared to start their career as a skilled Roofer and Waterproofer.

How can I Prepare?

To enter the apprenticeship program for Roofers and Waterproofers, it is important to have a solid foundation in mathematics, geometry, communication, and reading and writing skills. In high school, students can prepare for this trade by taking courses in mathematics, including algebra and geometry. They can also improve their communication skills by taking courses in English, public speaking, and writing. Additionally, gaining experience in construction, roofing or general labor can be beneficial. It's important to have a strong work ethic, be comfortable working in heights, and have good physical stamina, as the work can be physically demanding. Apprenticeships are highly competitive, so any additional training, certification, or work experience in related fields can give an applicant an advantage in the application process.

Apprenticeship Length

4 Years

Ivy Tech Degree

Not Eligible for Ivy Tech Degree

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Roofers Local #26 Training Center
25 W 84th Avenue
Merrillville, IN 46410
Phone:  219-756-3718

Application Period
Applications are accepted weekly on Wednesdays during the following times:
8 am - 12 pm

Application Cost
No cost.



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