Roofing Apprenticeship Program Continues to Expand Clay Thomas, Project Manager, Advanced Roofing, Inc., Instructor, ABCI Roofing Apprenticeship Program The ABCI Roofing Apprenticeship Program is in full swing, with locations in Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando and coming soon to Tampa. I’m proud to be a part of a group that teaches these programs, along with Terry Tilson, Jim Carmeci, Mike Winant, Mike Jennings, Robby Staats and Mike Silvers, CPRC. All have been instrumental in challenging the apprentices to not only develop their technical skills, but also to broaden their understanding and application of business principles. David Baytosh has provided direction to bring consistency to the program across multiple classroom settings. The experience has been rewarding.
Orlando Roofing Apprenticeship Program Update
The first team of apprentices began their journey in December 2018 through the coordinated efforts of Career Source of Central Florida, Valencia College,
FRSA and the ABC Institute (ABCI). These organizations joined with local roofing contractors to participate in the first nationally-accredited roofing apprenticeship program in Florida. In September, the Orlando program began the third semester and is now midway through the three-year program. As they reach the midpoint of the program, it provides an opportunity to tie the basic concepts presented in the first year to more advanced systems training that helps them to discover the “why” behind the “how.” The semester started with a general overview of low-slope roofing, which was highlighted by a hands-on Firestone TPO lab conducted by Pat Kurth. Classroom discussion included material properties, systems installation considerations, detailing and best practices. In the lab, students completed hand-welded seams, flashed curbs, worked on field wrapping pipes and operated a robot. The students benefited from Pat’s field experience and industry knowledge. Mike Silvers, CPRC of Silvers Systems Inc. and Director of Technical Services for FRSA gave a great history of code development in Florida and reviewed provisions relevant to our daily work. Silvers noted that the Florida code went from a single, small-edition book to the current Florida Building Code which includes eight full volumes.
Pat Kurth, Firestone demonstrating curb flashing
Mike Silvers, CPRC, FRSA, refers to current code books
Elijah gathering the field wraps
FLORIDA ROOFING | January 2020
The Insulation module, Flat, Tapered and Crickets, reviewed common roof insulation types, associated “R” values, slope designations and application methods, as well as construction of crickets and saddles. The Construction Math and Measurements module covered general construction math, roof slope, tape reading, stretch out and the roof take off process.
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