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Roofing Technician

Job Locations US-CA-San Diego
Posted Date 1 month ago(1/11/2018 4:03 PM)
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Skilled Trades


The Roofing Technian (RT) is responsible for ordering and maintaining equipment, tools and supplies to support work projects. The RT plans and lays out work to be done and roofing systems to be installed, and works with other Government journeymen demonstrating proper work methods. The RT keeps work leader and Workload Manager informed on work related issues and work status. The RT works to meet completion goals, project schedule and budgets.



The RT typically:

  • Applies composition roofing paper, elastomeric coating, tar and gravel roofing, on wood sheathing, concrete or sheet rock roofing structures.
  • Cleans wood sheathing to a smooth surface, covering knotholes by nailing sheet metal patches over them.
  • Mops roof areas with a coat of hot tar and unrolls roofing paper onto hot tar, pressing down overlapping edges of each strip to ensure perfect adhesion.
  • Nails flashing and outlet boxes in position embedding in tar to ensure leak-proof joints.
  • Nails wood gravel cleats at roof edges to prevent loss of gravel.
  • Mops small areas with hot tar and spreads gravel onto the hot tar with shovel and rake, repeating until entire roof is graveled.
  • Makes water tight joints around flashing, pipes, roof penetrations, ventilators and skylights by applying mastic compound with a small wooden paddle or putty knife.
  • Applies terra cotta tile roofs and applies hot tar and composition roofing paper to wood sheathing.
  • Nails in edgewise position and parallel to eaves, narrow field strips to support the tile, placing and nailing pan-tiles and top tiles to field-strips in position of proper overlap.
  • Applies corrugated sheet steel, galvanized or asbestos roofing, placing on and securing sheets to steel purlins by means of stirrup shaped clips of scrap iron punched or drilled for attaching bolt, punching holes in each sheet with hammer and hand punch drilling with electric drill to permit bolting to purlin clips.
  • Secures each sheet to purlin by tightening nuts and bolts with wrench and screwdriver.
  • Positions drills and secures preformed ridge caps and gable ends.
  • Repairs tile, metal and gravel roofs, cleans surfaces of area requiring repair, removes defective material, broken tiles and corroded sheet metal.
  • Replaces broken or defective materials with new materials and restores former waterproof quality and matching appearance of roof, using any of the techniques described.
  • Repairs wood shingles or composition shingle roofs.
  • Performs damp proofing and sealing.
  • Makes barges and wood tanks watertight.
  • Applies composition roofing paper and hot tar to interior of wood tanks.
  • Insulates walls of iceboxes and cold storage rooms by setting sheet cork in hot tar.
  • Wraps steel pipe with strips of roofing paper and sets in tar to prevent corrosion of pipe.
  • Plans sequence of work, ensures proper quality and quantity of work, explains problems and any unusual work steps in processes to work leader or Workload Manager.


Call back and emergency overtime are regular requirements of this position, which will be coordinated through the Workload Manager. (Seasonal)



Operations - The RT will perform work both indoors and outdoors as required by assigned task. The RT shall work alone or with other workers by inspecting roofs, determining needed repairs and estimating labor hours and materials and completes assigned work without further instructions. Work assignments are provided by oral instructions or work orders. The RT obtains the required materials, tools and equipment and is responsible for maintenance, repair and proper use of it. The work orders and blueprints are often incomplete and the RT must be able to fill in the gaps. The work requires considerable standing, climbing, stooping, bending, stretching and working in cramped, awkward positions. The RT will be required to roll, tip and load barrels for tar weighing up to 450 pounds with assistance of helpers and forklift or hoist. The RT will raise up to, 90- pound rolls of roofing paper and 100-pound bags of gravel to roof by rope, pulley, and gin-pole at frequent intervals. The RT will stoop, reach and pick up material and walk across both gently sloping and steep roofs, carrying materials to point of application, generally not more than 30 feet. The RT will climb ladders, kneel, crouch and stoop frequently in applying, fittings or securing parts and materials. The RT shall have a good familiarity of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest’s (NAVFAC SW) Safety and Health Requirements Manual, instructions, agency equipment regulations and directives. The RT must observe posted safety precautions and wear protective equipment/clothing as required by regulations. The RT has

exposure to sun, dust, noise, heat and fumes from tar, asphalt and kettle that are considered to be normal to trade. The RT is subject to falls, cuts, cruises, splinters, falling objects, injury from improper lifting, illness from exposure to weather. The RT works from scaffolding, ladders and on roofs. The RT may be exposed to roofing materials containing asbestos fiber, in which case, the Workload Manager must be notified to ensure proper safety measures are taken.


Processing - The RT will receive work assignments by workload managers. Assignments are in the form of oral or written instruction (work order) to perform a variety of related tasks. Work quality is inspected by workload managers to ensure the finished project meets accepted trade standards and practices. The RT may be required to obtain certification or licensing and maintain any associated qualification requirements for work requiring special certifications or licensing. The RT may be required to obtain licenses for the operation of forklift, High Lift (JLG) and/or Construction equipment, upon notification.


Housekeeping - The RT will observe established safe working procedures and ensure all designated working areas are maintained in an orderly manner and continuously maintained free of trash and debris. At the end of each day, the general work areas shall be swept, supplies, materials, tools, and equipment shall be picked-up and stored, and municipal trash containers will be emptied.


Technical Support - Work is checked during progress and upon completion for compliance with instructions, adherence to established practices and standards, and overall acceptability of work. Guidelines will include a variety of Federal, Department of Defense, Department of Navy, and NAVFACSW publications, manuals, directives, standards, policies and procedures. Published guidance will be provided by the government as needed.


Meetings/Conferences - The RT shall participate in meetings with contractors, agencies, clients, and team members when required to do so.


Briefings - The RT shall participate in briefings when required to do so.


The RT must have/be:

  • Knowledge of working characteristics of trade materials used and their proper application.
  • Experience to inspect roofing surfaces to determine if repairs or reroofing is required.
  • Able to estimate labor hours, equipment and materials required to perform work.
  • Able to recognize and ensure proper roofing materials are used and trade practices are followed.
  • Knowledge of what materials and what quantities are required in making a roof last for short and long term service.
  • In depth knowledge of various methods used to secure sheet metal roofing materials to roof structures and how to prepare wood, concrete and sheetrock surfaces for application of roofing materials.
  • Knowledge of what materials to apply for new and old roofs.
  • Able to read, interpret and apply building specifications, blueprints and building codes. Visual and sensory perception along with hand-eye coordination is required to detect deficiencies and make repairs.

All Candidates must have/be:

a) Valid state driver’s license in the state the work is being performed.
b) Strong communication skills in the English language, both written and oral.
c) U.S. citizenship or resident alien. Proof of US Citizenship or resident alien card will be required.

d) OSHA 10 - General Industry or Construction Certified before starting work.

e) U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) certification and appropriate refresher (if needed).
f) Ability to perform regular and recurring field inspections, investigations, or surveys in which there is a considerable amount of walking, stooping, bending, and climbing.
g) Ability to perform work in an office setting, with occasional visits to construction sites. Work involves moderate risks of discomforts that require adherence to safety precautions.
h) Ability to acquire a Common Access Card (CAC).



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