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:

Five (5) years—Minimum 5,500 hours of on-the-job training.

  • Apprentices attend a variety of safety and roof application classes during their five year apprenticeship.

  • Wage Information:

    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).

    Basic Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.

  • 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.

  • Working Conditions:

    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 physically able to do the work of the trade.

  • Must be able to work at high levels.

  • Must be able to work in confined spaces.

  • Work Experience:

    (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.

    Entry Process:

  • Complete application. (Applications are available all year and must be completed at the office.)

  • 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.

  • Contact:

    Chicagoland Roofers’ Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee
    7045 Joliet Road
    Indian Head Park, Illinois 60525
    Phone (708) 246-4488
    Fax (708) 246-5908


    Marty Headtke

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