Commercial Roofer Job at Merit Contracting, Rochester, MN

  • Merit Contracting
  • Rochester, MN

Job Description

Commercial Roofer- 4 ten hour days!

Start your new career in the construction trade! Experience is welcome, but Merit's partnership with North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters (NCSRCC) offers an apprenticeship program with paid trainings! We are currently looking for commercial roofing laborers to join our team. We mainly work in Rochester but do travel to surrounding areas and Iowa.

Summary of Functions:

Under supervision, the Laborer performs a variety of duties relating to the removal and application of roofing materials. Removes existing roofs and covers structural decks with roofing materials other than sheet metal, including composition built up roofs containing asphalt or pitch, roofing felts and gravel; modified bitumen systems; single ply roofing membranes; and materials including ACRM asbestos-containing roof material, as trained. Lays and adheres insulation, by mechanically fastening with nails or screws and plates. Applies underlayment, felt, synthetics, ice and water shield. When applying EPDM, PVC or other single ply membranes, rolls out the roofing membrane and seals the seams as specified by the manufacturer of the membrane. Cuts roofing materials to size. Cuts strips of flashing and fits into angles formed by walls, vents and intersecting roof surfaces. The Laborer also performs other job-related duties as may be assigned.


Major Duties and Responsibilities: The Laborer must be able to perform work duties as assigned and have a practical understanding of the following responsibilities and tasks:

  • Safety: Must be able to perform all work in an efficient and safe manner. Responsible for having a clear understanding of Merit trained safety policies and procedures including, but not limited to; Personal Protection Equipment, Fall Protection and Hazard Communication/ Employee Right to Know.
  • Roof Technology: Ability to perform job-specific assignments including, but not limited to; Roof removal (tear-offs) and installation of EPDM RPF. Ability to assist in laying of insulation, felt, ice and water installation, roof cover installation, EPDM seam installation and perimeter flashing installation. 
  • Material Management: Must possess a working knowledge of names and uses of roofing material, proper roof-top transportation of material and proper roof-top storage of materials.
  • Equipment Operation: Ability to demonstrate safe operation of equipment including, but not limited to; Skill saws, power drills, hammer drills, wheel barrows and staplers. 
  • Hand Tool Requirement: The Laborer must own and possess the following tools in order to perform basic requirements of the position. Hammer, flat bar, caulk gun, scissors, trowel, tape measure, utility knife and tool belt.


Organizational Relationships:

This position will directly report to the Roofing Foreman or Lead. There will be frequent interaction with Project Managers as well as regular interaction with other Roofing, Sheet Metal, Walls, Service and Yard personnel.

Experience and/or Educational Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required.
  • Experience in a construction-related industry and/or job, preferred.
  • The ability to cut, hammer, fasten and otherwise work with roofing materials.
  • The ability to perform basic math functions.
  • The ability to communicate effectively and follow written or verbal instructions and safety rules.


Physical Requirements: 

  • The ability to climb and descend a 40-foot extension type ladder, unassisted.
  • The ability to work at heights in excess of 10 feet.
  • The ability to repeatedly lift, carry, and shovel roofing materials daily.
    • 30 pounds frequently.
    • 50 pounds somewhat frequently.
    • 60 pounds intermittently.
    • 75 pounds intermittently.
  • The ability to work in a variety of physical positions including, but not limited to; Stooping, squatting, kneeling and/or crawling.
    • Independently able to get in and out of kneeling position.
    • Repeated lift and pull motion from half or full kneel position.

Extensive, daily use of arms and shoulders including sustained overhead reaching with 5 pounds. The ability to regularly grip and safely use small and large power tools. Handcart and wheelbarrow use. The ability to work in a variety of outdoor weather conditions throughout the year.

As part of the application process and review, you may be asked to describe or demonstrate how you will be able to perform the functions of this position. If you wish, we will discuss with you what sort of accommodation may be appropriate to assist you in performing the various functions of this position.

If you are sponsored into the union by merit contracting you will be required to complete a pre-placement screening examination where you will demonstrate the physical requirements of the job. 

About Merit Contracting:

Merit Contracting is your source for quality roofing and sheet metal in SE Minnesota. We are proud members of the National Roofing Contractors Association and the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association. Merit has also been recognized as a Firestone Master Contractor. It is Merit's policy to strive for the highest safety standard possible in all of our operations and projects. Employees at all levels of the organization are trained in safety policies and procedures. Regard for the safety of the general public, our own employees, and the employees of our subcontractors are the supreme responsibility of all employees in our organization. Want to learn more? Visit us at

Job Tags

Full time, For contractors, Apprenticeship, For subcontractor, Outdoor,

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