Skip navigation

Roofers - 47-2181.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Cover roofs of structures with shingles, slate, asphalt, aluminum, wood, or related materials. May spray roofs, sidings, and walls with material to bind, seal, insulate, or soundproof sections of structures.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Roofer
  • Roof Mechanic
  • Roof Service Technician
  • Roofing Technician
  • Metal Roofing Mechanic
  • Sheet Metal Roofer
  • Industrial Roofer
  • Residential Roofer

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

Tasks

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

Detailed Work Activities

  • Apply adhesives to construction materials.
  • Apply paint to surfaces.
  • Apply sealants or other protective coatings.
  • Assemble temporary equipment or structures.
  • Clean equipment or facilities.
  • Cut carpet, vinyl or other flexible materials.
  • Drill holes in construction materials.
  • Estimate construction project labor requirements.
  • Estimate materials requirements for projects.
  • Inspect work sites to determine condition or necessary repairs.
  • Install doors or windows.
  • Install green structural components, equipment or systems.
  • Install insulation in equipment or structures.
  • Install roofing materials.
  • Install solar energy systems.
  • Pour materials into or on designated areas.
  • Remove debris or vegetation from work sites.
  • Smooth surfaces with abrasive materials or tools.
  • Spread sand, dirt or other loose materials onto surfaces.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Builder (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Roofer

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Roofer
  • Roofer Applicator
  • Roofer Apprentice