Roof Fitter

Align, fit, and secure roof onto railroad cars, using tools.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Roof Fitters do?

Aligns, fits, and secures roof onto railroad cars, using handtools and portable power tools: Positions spreading device and chain jack inside car, using hoist. Manipulates controls on spreading device or chain jack to push out or pull in sides of car to specified width. Attaches holding device between sides of car to retain specified width. Erects scaffolding in car to facilitate climbing to roof area, using carpenter’s tools. Climbs scaffolding and brushes sealing compound on top plates of car. Signals crane operator to lower prefabricated roof onto top plates of car. Aligns and fastens roof onto car, using impact wrench. Bends roof flanges over sides of car, using hammer or mallet. Reams holes in roof and top plate of car and inserts drift pins preparatory to riveting. Disassembles and removes spreading device, jack, and scaffolding, using handtools.


Should I be a Roof Fitter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • How to become a Roof Fitter

    Roof Fitters generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Roof Fitter-related education!
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