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Become A Residential Roofer Helper

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Working As A Residential Roofer Helper

  • Getting Information
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $40,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Residential Roofer Helper does

  • Climb on and off vehicle to load refuse waste and carry trash bags and containers to truck for disposal.
  • Assist with loading and cleaning truck at dump site.
  • Provided services riding on the back of trucks and emptying trash cans.
  • Maintain adherence to required productivity standards for the department to ensure all customers are service in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Dump trash cans and other waste into the garbage truck
  • Collected waste and refuse, dumps refuse into truck, washes both refuse and recycling trucks.
  • Climb onto and off of the rear truck step to load refuse, waste and carts.
  • Lift and carry trash bags, bulk items and containers to the truck for disposal.
  • Operate packing mechanism to compact waste into the truck.
  • Clean waste from the packer blade and truck body on each disposal trip; spray and clean the hopper and truck.
  • Ride on the vehicle to assist the Driver while servicing residential customers on a designated route.
  • Operate packing mechanism to compact solid waste into the truck after placing materials on the rear tipper.
  • Clean area around an accidental waste spill, ensuring adherence to all applicable safety standards and policies.
  • Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public.
  • Assisted the refuse truck driver on pre-assigned and special routes to pick up garbage, yard waste, or recycling.

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How To Become A Residential Roofer Helper

Most painters learn their trade on the job. No formal education is typically required to enter the occupation.

Education

There are no specific education requirements to become a painter, but high school courses in mathematics, shop, and blueprint reading can be useful. Also, some 2-year technical schools offer courses through apprenticeships affiliated with union and contractor organizations. Credits earned as part of an apprenticeship program usually count toward an associate’s degree.

Training

Most painters learn their trade on the job. They typically begin by doing simple tasks, such as helping carry materials and laying drop cloths, and then move on to more complicated tasks, such as priming surfaces to be finished.

Some painters learn their trade through a 3- or 4-year apprenticeship, although a few local unions have additional time requirements. For each year of the typical program, apprentices must have at least 144 hours of technical instruction and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. Through technical instruction, apprentices learn how to: use and care for tools and equipment, prepare surfaces, mix and match paint, and read blueprints. In addition, they may learn about application techniques, the characteristics of different finishes, including wood finishing, and safety practices. 

After completing an apprenticeship program, painters are considered journey workers and may perform tasks on their own.

Unions and contractors sponsor apprenticeship programs. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans. The basic qualifications to enter an apprenticeship program are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Physically able to do the work

Although the vast majority of workers learn their trade on the job or through an apprenticeship, some contractors offer their own training program for new workers. The National Association of Home Builders through the Home Builders Institute offer Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT), which covers information for eight construction trades, including painting.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Those interested in industrial painting can earn several certifications from NACE International Institute or from the Society for Protective Coatings. The most common certification, from both groups, is called Protective Coating Specialist. Courses range from 1 day to several weeks, depending on the certification program and specialty. Applicants also must meet work experience requirements.

Important Qualities

Color vision. Painters must be able to identify and differentiate between subtle changes in color.

Customer-service skills. Workers who paint the inside and outside of residential homes often interact with clients. They must communicate with the client, listen to what the client wants, and help select colors and application techniques that satisfy the client.

Detail oriented. Painters must be precise when creating or painting edges, because minor flaws can be noticeable.

Physical stamina. Painters should be able to stay physically active for many hours, because they spend most of the day standing with their arms extended while climbing ladders.

Physical strength. Painters must lift and move numerous items during the course of a job. For example, a 5-gallon bucket of paint weighs over 40 pounds.

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Residential Roofer Helper Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    90.8%
  • Female

    9.2%

Ethnicity

  • White

    81.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    8.9%
  • Asian

    7.5%
  • Unknown

    1.9%
  • Black or African American

    0.3%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    66.7%
  • Serbian

    33.3%

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Top Skills for A Residential Roofer Helper

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Top Residential Roofer Helper Skills

  1. Garbage Truck
  2. Trash Bags
  3. Load Refuse
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Dump trash cans and other waste into the garbage truck
  • Load refuse, waste and poly carts onto truck; lift and carry trash bags and containers to truck for disposal.
  • Ride on the vehicle to assist the Driver while servicing residential customers on a designated route.
  • Clean waste from the packer blade and truck body on each disposal trip; spray and clean the hopper and truck.
  • Clean area around an accidental waste spill, ensuring adherence to all applicable safety standards and policies.

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