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Details for Helpers--Roofers


Description

Help roofers by performing duties of lesser skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

Tasks

  • Maintain tools and equipment.
  • Sweep and clean roofs to prepare them for the application of new roofing materials.
  • Attach sheets of metal to roof boards or building frameworks when installing metal roofs.
  • Place tiles, nail them to roof boards, and cover nailheads with roofing cement.
  • Provide assistance to skilled roofers installing and repairing roofs, flashings, and surfaces.
  • Remove old roofing materials.
  • Set ladders, scaffolds, and hoists in place for taking supplies to roofs.
  • Unload materials and tools from work trucks, and unroll roofing as directed.
  • Apply shingles, gravel, or asphalt over the top layer of tar to protect the roofing material.
  • Attach roofing paper and composition shingles, using nails.
  • Clear drains and downspouts; and clean gutters.
  • Cover roofs with layers of roofing felt or asphalt strips before installing tile, slate, or composition materials.
  • Locate worn or torn areas in roofs.
  • Perform emergency leak repairs and general maintenance for a variety of roof types.
  • Check to ensure that completed roofs are watertight.
  • Chop tar into small pieces, and heat chopped tar in kettles.
  • Clean work areas and equipment.
  • Hoist tar and roofing materials to roofs, using ropes and pulleys, or carry materials up ladders.

Interests

  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

Knowledge

  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

Skills

  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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