The United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local No. 2 offers excellent roofing training through our Apprenticeship Training Program.
- Be 18 years of age
- Have a high school diploma or GED Certificate
- Complete the International Union Application
- Be ready to learn the trade
Roofers begin as pre-apprentices and receive on-the-job roofing training. After becoming apprentices, they receive additional instruction, both in the classroom and on-the-job, while receiving union wages.
Apprentices attend classes in the evening. The apprenticeship pay rate will increase with your skills and time in the program. Upon completion of the program, you will receive Journeyman Certification and are then eligible for union journeyman wages.
What Type of Work Will I Do?
Union Journeyman Roofers and Waterproofers work on a variety of types of buildings, protecting those facilities against water intrusion and ultimate damage to the structure and its contents.
Roofing in the commercial and industrial sector is generally of the built-up or single-ply variety.
In built-up roofing, layers or piles of felt are set in hot bitumen over insulation boards to form a waterproof membrane. An aggregate may be imbedded in a final bitumen coat to protect the membrane from ultraviolet radiation and other environmental hazards.
Single-ply roofing encompasses all of the newer plastic, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), rubber (EPDM) and other elasto-plastic-type membranes that have their seams welded by solvent or hot air or glued with contact adhesive to form a monolithic waterproofing membrane. These systems may have a stone or rock or paver block ballast installed over them, or they may be partially or totally adhered to the substrate. These systems are also installed over roof insulation boards.
A separate category of roofing is that of modified bitumen systems that may be applied with hot bitumen or “torched on” with high-intensity propane burners.
Another area that union roofers work in is the residential sector. Many of the same applications are used in the residential and the commercial and industrial sector, including composition shingles, slate, tile and metal roofs.
Waterproofing is a specialty aspect of the roofing trade but is no less important than a roof in protecting a building against moisture intrusion.
Waterproofing can be done below grade, which is usually foundation work. It can also be done on plaza decks, parking garage floors and other sections of a building where water or moisture protection is crucial.
Materials used in waterproofing are generally of the same type used in roofing, although there are many specialty application materials that may be specified for this type of work.
Contact Us for More Information
To learn more about roofing training through the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local No. 2’s Roofing Apprenticeship, contact us using the information below.
St. Louis Roofers Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program
2920 Locust Street
St. Louis, Missouri 63103-9928
Office: (314) 535-9683
Fax: (314) 535-6404
Or complete the online contact form here.