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Roofer

Summary

Cover roofs of structures with roofing materials, such as composition shingles or sheets, wood shingles, slate, aluminum, asphalt and gravel, or related materials to waterproof roof. May spray roofs, sidings, and walls with material to bind, seal, insulate, or soundproof sections of structures. Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within the field. Rely on limited experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Perform a variety of tasks. Work under general supervision. Exercise a certain degree of creativity and latitude. Typically report to a Maintenance Supervisor or Maintenance Manager.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description. These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

Inspect problem roofs to determine the best repair procedures
Remove snow, water, or debris from roofs prior to applying roofing materials
Set up scaffolding to provide safe access to roofs
Estimate materials and labor required to complete roofing jobs
Cement or nail flashing strips of metal or shingle over joints to make them watertight
Install partially overlapping layers of material over roof insulation surfaces, using chalk lines, gauges on shingling hatchets, or lines on shingles
Cut felt, shingles, or strips of flashing to fit angles formed by walls, vents, or intersecting roof surfaces
Apply plastic coatings, membranes, fiberglass, or felt over sloped roofs before applying shingles
Install, repair, or replace single-ply roofing systems, using waterproof sheet materials such as modified plastics, elastomeric, or other asphaltic compositions
Attach roofing paper to roofs in overlapping strips to form bases for other materials
Cover roofs or exterior walls of structures with slate, asphalt, aluminum, wood, gravel, gypsum, or related materials, using brushes, knives, punches, hammers, or other tools
Waterproof or damp-proof walls, floors, roofs, foundations, or basements by painting or spraying surfaces with waterproof coatings or by attaching waterproofing membranes to surfaces
Apply reflective roof coatings, such as special paints or single-ply roofing sheets, to existing roofs to reduce solar heat absorption
Apply alternate layers of hot asphalt or tar and roofing paper to roofs
Install vapor barriers or layers of insulation on flat roofs
Cover exposed nailheads with roofing cement or caulking to prevent water leakage or rust
Smooth rough spots to prepare surfaces for waterproofing, using hammers, chisels, or rubbing bricks
Install solar roofing systems that have energy-collecting photovoltaic panels built into roofing membranes, shingles, or tiles
Glaze top layers to make a smooth finish or embed gravel in the bitumen for rough surfaces
Mop or pour hot asphalt or tar onto roof bases
Install attic ventilation systems, such as turbine vents, gable or ridge vents, or conventional or solar-powered exhaust fans
Install skylights on roofs to increase natural light inside structures or to reduce energy costs
Apply gravel or pebbles over top layers of roofs, using rakes or stiff-bristled brooms
Spray roofs, sidings, or walls to bind, seal, insulate, or soundproof sections of structures, using spray guns, air compressors, or heaters
Attach solar panels to existing roofs, according to specifications and without damaging roofing materials or the structural integrity of buildings
Punch holes in slate, tile, terra cotta, or wooden shingles, using punches and hammers
Apply modular soil- and plant-containing grids over existing roof membranes to create green roofs
Install layers of vegetation-based green roofs, including protective membranes, drainage, aeration, water retention and filter layers, soil substrates, irrigation materials, and plants.
Operate University of Florida (UF) vehicles
Perform other duties, as assigned

Education and Experience

Completion of an approved apprenticeship program in roofing, or a high school diploma (or equivalent) and three (3) years of appropriate experience
Appropriate vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience

Licensure and Certification

Florida Class E operator (driver) license

Supervision

Typically report to a Maintenance Supervisor or Maintenance Manager
Work under general supervision
Does not directly supervise
May lead and direct the work of others

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