I had my first day as a commercial roofing laborer today after being offered the job on Friday. I’m a 26 year old guy and I have absolutely no construction experience of any kind. I’ve worked a few manufacturing / production jobs though and have driven forklift so I’m used to handling materials and running at least a few pieces of equipment. I’m extremely excited and eager to finally have a chance to learn a trade and develop some skills. Today consisted entirely of safety training and filling out paperwork for HR. We’ll be back at the shop tomorrow for a few hours completing the last of our safety training and most likely on a job site by Wednesday or Thursday. I got a lot of good information from the training material they provided (which was a ton of videos and discussion about the content) and was able to get the questions I had as we went along answered. It was a lot of information though and we honestly blew through it pretty quick. I was hoping this community might have some advice or pointers about being a laborer, as well as recommendations for what brands / types of tools I should go with. I understand that starting out, my main responsibilities will be staging the materials, housekeeping of the job site, running supplies, and various other duties as assigned which im confident I can manage once I get in the swing of things. As long as all that’s taken care of, I plan to offer to help / observe / learn entire the process any way I can and ask questions if I don’t understand something. Is there anything else you folks would suggest I can do to be an asset to the crew?
Sorry this became a wall of text, I’m just super enthusiastic about this opportunity and want to do well!
Thanks so much for your time.