Occ. Code 7030000




New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard




A Roofer and Tinsmith performs journey level roofing and tinsmith work as a member of a maintenance force. An incumbent inspects, repairs and installs all types of roofs found on State buildings, and manufactures and repairs tin ware  and sheet metal ware such as heating ducts, steam kettles, gutters, roof flashing, metal containers, etc.


The largest numbers of positions in this class are found in the facilities of the Department of Correctional Services, and at units of the State University and Office of General Services.




A Roofer and Tinsmith is characterized by the performance of all roofing and tinsmith work, including the planning and laying out of outdoor and shop work in an entire facility or an assigned area of a facility and the repair and construction of roofs, flashing, gutters, heating ducts and metal containers. In the performance of their activities, incumbents regularly supervise groups of other workers which may include skilled, semiskilled and relatively unskilled workers. In facilities where several employees are engaged in these activities a typical organization contains one journey level position for each two or three semiskilled or relatively unskilled maintenance employees.


In facilities found in the Department of Correctional Services incumbents lead and provide practical training in the trade to State wards while completing a job.  They are responsible for the whereabouts and safety of the wards assigned to them, the tasks performed and the security of the tools and materials used. This differs from the training provided by Vocational Instructors who conduct a formal program of theoretical and practical training and demonstrations in a specific trade.


Maintenance Assistant (Roofer and Tinsmith) as a semiskilled employee performs the more routine repetitive tasks of the roofing and tinsmith trade under the guidance of a skilled tradesman. Such tasks include repairing and rebuilding metal, slate and built-up roofs and manufacturing items such as pails, dippers and garbage cans.


Maintenance Helpers, assigned to a Roofer and Tinsmith, perform manual tasks involving the elementary skills of the trade and the learning of practical techniques of the trade.


Carpenters and General Mechanics within the framework of their trade may also be involved in the repair and installation of roofs at a State facility. Similarly Sheet Metal Workers manufacture and repair such items as metal cabinets, pails, tubs and special laboratory equipment.


Employees engaged in the other building and maintenance trades are classified under a variety of other commonly used titles descriptive of their work, e.g., Plumber and Steamfitter, Electrician, Painter.




Repairs, maintains and installs roofs and roof drainage systems at a State facility.


§       Sets up a maintenance schedule according to age of buildings, season of year and present condition of buildings.


§       Inspects roofs and drainage systems periodically or in response to a problem.


§       Based on extent of the problem determines type of repair, maintenance or replacement work necessary.


§       Plans work to be performed, by estimating materials and staff needed and by preparing necessary sketches and layouts.


§       If entire roof or drainage system needs to be replaced, recommends type of replacement material and method of replacement either by facility staff or private contractor by estimating cost of material, staff needed and difficulty of work.


§       May requisition material from storehouse.


§       Utilizing the tools of the trade repairs, replaces or constructs roofs of all types; cuts and assembles materials to specifications; applies roofing cement, tar or asphalt; caulks joints, flashing and brickwork; removes snow, ice and other debris from roof and drainage system; paints metal areas of roof; repairs or replaces flashings and repairs or replaces drainage systems.


Repairs, maintains and installs a variety of sheet metal ware such as heating and ventilating ducts, gutters, downspouts, flashing, etc.


§       Inspects sheet metal ware to determine necessity of replacement or repair.


§       According to blueprints and layouts determines gauge and type of material necessary and dimensions of material.


§       May requisition material from storehouse.


§       Marks dimensions and reference lines on metal.


§       Uses shears, brakes, bending tools and welding and soldering equipment to cut, bend, straighten and join metal.


§       Installs manufactured products using punch and drill, welding equipment and grinders.


§       Manufactures a variety of metal utensils such as cans, dippers, tables and steam kettles.


§       May manufacture unusual devices from sheet metal needed for special purposes such as experimental laboratory use.


As assigned supervises and instructs others in the repair, maintenance and installation of roofs and sheet metal ware.


§       Assigns work to a maintenance staff which may consist of skilled workers, semiskilled workers, relatively unskilled workers and State wards.


§       Assembles materials, tools and equipment required to perform work.


§       Provides verbal instructions, layouts, sketches and demonstrates proper method of performing work.


§       Observes and inspects work while in progress to insure that work is done properly and safely.


§       If supervising State wards insures that all rules and regulations of the facility governing their employment are followed.




The nature of a Roofer and Tinsmith's activities generally restricts relationships to other employees within the maintenance force at the facility.  On occasion, incumbents may be expected to orally communicate with administrators and others in the agency or facility concerning specifications and descriptions of articles to be manufactured, locations of leaks or other problems with a roof and reasons why work is being accomplished in the manner selected.


A Roofer and Tinsmith frequently directs and supervises a maintenance staff which may include State wards in performance of roofing and tinsmith work. The relationship is characterized by frequent oral communications in assigning work and providing instructions.  Communications with the general public are not typical of this class.


The activities of this class are basically thing-oriented and communication with others is not a classification factor.




Roofers and Tinsmiths are supervised by higher level building trades positions such as Supervising Carpenters or Maintenance Supervisors. Generally, work priorities are prescribed, material is furnished, the nature and extent of work to be performed are given and detailed plans, diagrams and specifications may be provided. However, in the absence of such direction, they set priorities, requisition materials, determine work to be performed and lay out work without any plans, diagrams or specifications. The work of Roofers and Tinsmiths is periodically inspected by the supervisor but incumbents are expected to work with considerable independence that is typical of a skilled tradesperson.


As assigned, a Roofer and Tinsmith supervises other skilled tradespersons, subordinate maintenance employees and/or State wards; making assignments, giving instructions and observing and inspecting work performed to insure instructions have been followed and that the quality of the work is satisfactory.




A Roofer and Tinsmith may use any of the tools of the roofing and tinsmith trade. Some of these include hammers, roofing knives, anvils, soldering and welding equipment, caulkers, ladders and asphalt heaters.




§       Good knowledge of the principles, methods, materials, tools and equipment used in the roofing and tinsmith trade.


§       Working knowledge of the physical properties of roofing materials.


§       Working knowledge of the mathematics of the roofing and tinsmith trade.


§       Basic knowledge of the building and safety codes applicable to roofing and tinsmith work.


§       Ability to plan and lay out roofing and tinsmith work.


§       Ability to read, interpret and work from plans, specifications, blueprints and schematic drawings.


§       Ability to use the tools, machines, equipment and materials of roofing and tinsmith trade.


§       Ability to understand and carry out oral instructions.


§       Ability to work from scaffolds and ladders and on roofs.


§       Ability to stand for long periods of time, to crawl, climb, bend and to do moderately heavy lifting.


As assigned:


§       Working knowledge of the rules and regulations of the facility governing the activities of State wards assigned to maintenance activities.


§       Ability to estimate labor, material requirements and costs of roofing and tinsmith work.


§       Ability to supervise and train others.




Four years of full-time experience under a journey level roofer and tinsmith which provided training equivalent to that given in an apprenticeship program. Apprentice training in roofing and tinsmith work or training gained by the completion of technical courses in roofing and tinsmith work at a school or institute may be substituted for the above experience on a year-for-year basis.



Reviewed:  9/03




NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.