DYNAMIC INDUSTRY. EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES.
Tecta America is the leading commercial roofing company in the U.S., and we are actively looking for great people to help build our team. Ignite your future by adding your talent and experience to Tecta’s success. If you’re the best in your field – Operations leader, estimator, sales, project manager, we want to talk with you. There’s plenty of room for advancement at Tecta, so show us what you can do.
SMART CAREER MOVE: START AT THE TOP
Headquartered in Chicagoland, Tecta America leads the commercial roofing industry in the U.S., providing installation, replacement, new construction, repairs, disaster response, and portfolio management to more than 5,000 customers nationwide. We are actively looking for top-notch people with strong operations backgrounds to be leaders for the leader. Joining the Tecta team means you’ll be working with the best operators in the country. You’ll learn and grow with Tecta, and you’ll be part of Tecta’s ongoing success.
We are over 70 locations and 2,500 roofing professionals strong. We help our customers proactively manage their roofing systems, getting ahead of leaks and avoiding costly business interruptions. We help them understand the short-term and long-term actions that will keep their businesses going strong. Whether the economy is struggling or strong, Tecta America maintains a steady business because we put our customers and our employees first.
DIVERSITY: ALL HANDS ON DECK
With over 70 operating units across the United States, Tecta America’s talent network is made up of employees with different skillsets and talents. Our success as the nation’s largest commercial roofing company relies on the perspectives and knowledge of people from all backgrounds. From our youngest employees to our oldest, we are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our country’s population.
Our differences give us a dynamic presence in the roofing industry and propel us toward a bright future.
Tecta America employees are men and women of different ages, races, abilities, and professional backgrounds. Some come from the military and some come from different industries. No matter where they come from, their differences are assets and are valued by the company.
MILITARY TRAINING? – BRING IT ON!
Tecta places great importance on values like integrity, leadership, and loyalty and we often find that service members bring a unique set of skills and experiences that enhance their success as leaders in Tecta.
Our customers rely on our Award-winning expertise, our accountability, and our certifications to give them peace of mind. We rely on the expertise, leadership, and accountability of leaders like you to give Tecta the confidence that keeps us growing and moving forward.
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Tony Clausen, the current Vice President of Anthony Roofing, a Tecta America company, is no stranger to change. On January 1, 2021, he will assume the role of Operational Unit President for the unit. He has worked in several roles in the roofing industry across the span of his career. Despite having a wealth of experience, he humbly acknowledges that he does not know everything about the roofing industry.
“In order to advance in this field, you have to be a lifelong learner. I don’t have all the answers, but I better myself by learning more,” he said.
Tony started as a roofer for a small roofing company in his hometown of Jenison, Michigan when he was 17. He worked on the roof tearing off old material and applying new systems. He became a Project Manager after graduating from Michigan State University in 2008. He had new responsibilities and collaborated with new people. “You have to work with foremen to make sure workers are doing the job correctly and on time. You have to communicate with customers about the work you’re doing,” he said. “It’s important to trust and verify the work everyone around you is doing. Roofing projects are completed through the efforts of many people.”
For a brief time, Tony left the roofing industry to work as an account manager at a large commercial cleaning company but did not enjoy the experience. “You’re stuck in a cubicle all day, and you don’t feel like your work has a major impact on the company,” he said. “In the roofing industry, you plan projects and watch them happen, so you see the impact of your work.”
He came back to the roofing industry in 2015 as a Director of Operations for Great Lakes Systems, Inc. in Michigan. This time, he had more experience under his belt and learned to ask questions about every detail in a project. A lesson he has carried with him since his earliest days in management.
In one of the first major projects of his career, Tony learned to ask questions the hard way.
“We were working with a major client and rain came into the building. I never asked if we were watertight,” he said. “I think I just expected for things to go smoothly.” Tony, his foreman, and his crew responded immediately and cleaned up the building before any damage occurred. He also had to own up to the mistake and tell the client what happened.
Tony has learned a lot since his early days in Project Management. He credits his growth to the people around him. “My advancement in my career made me realize that managers need to have a good team. It’s always the team that produces the work,” he said. “I have worked with great people with different skills and perspectives. Managers often lean on a large group of people to complete projects and plan for the future.”
He started with Tecta America in late 2018 as a Senior Project Manager at Anthony Roofing and came in during the middle of a large project. “The roofing team was already in full production, and they adapted to me quickly,” he said.
His talented team of field and office employees have been instrumental in promoting health and safety initiatives during 2020, a year that has impacted roofing companies across the country. His employees have adapted well to new procedures and the labor disruptions brought on by the pandemic.
He will assume his new role in January. His concerns will shift further in the coming year. “In management, you’re no longer just thinking about the company’s immediate concerns. You’re looking six months to a year down the line,” he said. “You have to make sure projects are staffed appropriately; you have make sure the employees have work; you have to create internal operating procedures.”
It’s a hard job to take on, but Tony counts on his employees and the larger network of talented people at Tecta America. “The operational units have control but receive corporate backing, and that gives the company a small-business feel,” he said. “I always have someone to go to. At Tecta, you can pick up your phone and call anyone in the company. OU presidents will give you advice on roofing issues they have faced in the past. People here really want to help you.”
Tony has described Anthony Roofing and Tecta America as his new home. “Tecta America has been a good fit for me, and I’m thankful to Dan Brown, Operating Unit President for Anthony Roofing, for giving me an opportunity,” he said.
PAST CAREER SPOTLIGHTS
Learning a trade is a great way to build a career. The work looks simple, but it takes advanced skills and knowledge to build a sustainable career full of growth. People who go into trades receive skilled training that will help them perform on the job. When they finish their training, tradespeople like roofers, painters, masons, and mobile crane operators have steady employment. Most tradespeople acquire their knowledge and experience without accumulating major student debt. These are six reasons why you should consider becoming a roofer:
1. Learning on the Job
Knowledge in the roofing industry is not hidden behind the ivory gates of a college campus. To know the job, roofers learn on the job. From their first day, roofers learn how to measure, solder, and properly lay down material. Roofers who want to further their knowledge can also attend registered apprenticeship programs, technical schools, and community college courses. There are several ways to learn how to become a competent roofer.
2. Job Security
Roofs always need maintenance. Roofs are built to last, but over time the weather deteriorates them. Roofers do not just build new roof systems they also repair existing ones. Clients prefer to fix their rooftop than pay for a completely new one. As long as roofers continue to develop their skills, they will be able to fix major problems in roofing systems.
3. Career Opportunities
The Roofing industry, like many trades, is undergoing a transformation in its labor force.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings are expected to arise because of a retiring labor force. New workers will be needed to occupy those jobs.
4. Career Growth
Roofers have the potential to grow into other roles at their companies. Workers who want to do more can go on to work as service technicians, foremen, and estimators. There are several paths for professional development in the industry. With the right support and desire to learn about the business side of roofing, employees can go into leadership roles.
Roofers work on major projects in teams. Roofing thrives on teamwork. Systems require the efforts of many people working in unison. These teams turn into families that can last a lifetime.
Roofers get to transform something old and dilapidated into something new. They see the efforts of their labor in a real, tangible way. They improve their communities one rooftop at a time.
A career in roofing has many benefits and can lead to countless professional development opportunities. If you are ready to start a long-term career path and enter an industry that values its employees, check out our open positions.
David Rojas Builds a Family On, Off the Rooftop
Roofing runs in David Rojas’ family. His uncle retired at the age of 68. “He just kept going until he couldn’t anymore,” he said. His nephews have started their first jobs in the trade too. Put together, they make up three generations of roofers. David fell into the job in the early 1980s after emigrating from Mexico. At the time, he worked as a seasonal apprentice with no long-term plans to stay in the United States. “I started in my twenties, but I settled on the job when I married my wife and had kids here [the United States].”
His career in roofing has given him a work life and personal life balance. “The workday starts and ends at the same time and I have always been able to spend time with my family.” He continued as a roofer because of the stability the industry provided for him and his family. He helped put his two oldest children through college, and has two younger children in the middle of their studies. “I was able to financially assist my kids so they wouldn’t have to take out massive loans. Finishing school was their responsibility, but I wanted to make their experience less stressful,” said Rojas. David’s children were always impressed by the projects he worked on across the Midwest. “I used to drive around and point out all the roofs I put up,” said Rojas. “I still them stories about all the work that went into that job.”
David’s work family has also grown and prospered from his talents and skills. He has worked with the same crew for ten years and knew his coworkers prior to arriving at Tecta America. “Our industry is large, but you meet people from other roofing companies, and they come back into your life at some point or another,” said Rojas.
On a recent morning, David and his crew were installing a new roofing system on top of a middle school building. The team worked in perfect harmony. Some of the men nailed down a tarp, while others put down an adhesive. They worked in an intuitive manner without interrupting each other’s workflow. “You get that good when you’ve been working together for such a long time,” he said. “We work so well because we hold each other accountable about safety.”
Many of the men on David’s crew have worked as roofers for decades. “We have been together for a long time, and we need younger people to come in and work when we’re gone,” he said. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the roofing industry is projected to have 14,700 yearly job openings for roofers across the country between 2019 and 2029.
David’s career as a roofer has provided him with many opportunities for decades, and he has given some thought to retirement. “Maybe in three years. I’m still thinking about it. If I feel good, I’ll keep going like my uncle,” he said.
Walking into Anthony Roofing’s warehouse, you’ll hear a playlist of 1960s pop tunes and metal rock music as shop foreman Ted Seven quietly works away on sheets of metal. He cuts them down to size and measures them meticulously. At only twenty-three, he moves at the pace of someone with twenty years of experience. It took him three years to become a competent sheet metal roofer. “In the beginning, there were moments where I messed up. I still don’t feel like I know everything, because I’m always learning something new on the job,” he said. He started an apprenticeship right after high school. But unlike his time in school, most of his learning came from on-the-job training. “Ninety percent of you what you know comes from the job, ten percent comes from the classroom,” He said.
One of the most difficult parts of his job is managing the materials he works with for projects. He must cut down enough sheets of metal to finish his projects, but not too much that he has left over pieces. “I have to think about budgets at this point. I don’t want to waste material and have to order more later on. I also don’t want to have too little material to work with,” he said. To ensure he has the correct supply of materials, Ted often goes onto rooftops and measures them to determine how many metal sheets he will cut up. His measurements must be correct.
Ted works with the metal from start to finish. He measures rooftops, produces the panels, and then goes out and installs them in the field. At times, he has installed the metal panels by himself. His sheet metal panels are on rooftops all across the country. He has worked on some important buildings for major companies and corporations.
Outside of his work, people often misunderstand how complex his job can be. “People sometimes think I’m screwing in shingles, but I have to explain I’m building parts for complex roofing systems, and that I’m constantly learning new things,” He said. He typically works with steel or aluminum sheets, standard materials for sheet metal roofing. He wants to gain more experience with copper and stainless steel. “Those are special metals and cost more money than the other stuff [steel and aluminum], and you have to solder them on the field, “He said. “I only know two people that can do that.”
At a young age, Ted is an interesting position: he runs the shop where the metal is fabricated. That means he educates and mentors incoming apprentices. “It can be a little challenging because sometimes you’re teaching people who don’t have a lot of experience with the trade,” He said. “I try to put myself in their shoes and remember where I struggled when I first started as an apprentice.”
In the shop, the apprentices listen to him. They come up to him with questions, and Ted patiently helps them identify the root of the problem that’s delaying their work. “Roofing is a lot of hard work and preparation,” He said. “You don’t just work hard, you learn hard.”
From the Roof to the Office: Career Path of an Operations Manager
A career in roofing can be very rewarding and full of new experiences. Field employees start off as roofing trainees and then transition into skilled roofers. Roofing Trainees learn the essential skills that make talented roofers: like how to measure properly, basic on-the-job operations, how to find irregularities and damage on rooftops. The beauty of this position is that workers learn skills on the job. They don’t have to go in with in-depth knowledge of the trade, and gain so much out of the role. After becoming a skilled roofer, employees can grow into a project coordinator.
Project Coordinators work closely with a project manager to assure projects are completed on time. They handle the smaller parts of project management, like overseeing budgets, reporting on the status of new roofing jobs, and handling invoices. Project coordinators also visit job sites and report back their findings to management. It’s the perfect stepping stone to a job in upper-level management, because project coordinators have direct contact with the people on the field and understand what crews need to replace or maintain roofs. This path will eventually lead a role as a project manager.
Project Managers report directly to the president of the operating unit. The person in this role coordinates administrative goals with field production efforts. They review projects daily and implement production, productivity, quality, and customer-service standards. Project managers get into the nuts and bolts of our operations at Tecta America. They review project drawings and verify estimates made by our serviceman. They analyze projects to identify trends and produce progress reports, as well as monitoring budgets to make sure projects don’t become too expensive. Project managers wear many hats and have a diverse skill set. Project managers are building all the pieces that go into a roofing project and monitoring them closely.
Project Managers eventually grow into the role of Operations Managers. They oversee all aspects of an operational unit at Tecta America. They manage project managers and field managers so that all aspects of a business are satisfied. Project Managers determine the future needs of an operational unit and start creating the procedures to bring new initiatives to life. For example, they determine if field crews are lacking in their safety training, then prepare seminars to educate them properly. They also improve performance standards based on new industry trends. They also stay abreast of the latest design requirements for roofs and introduce new materials and safety codes to their organization. Operations Managers monitor the external environment and prepare their unit for the future.
The road to becoming an Operations Manager is diverse and does not require a traditional office route. At Tecta America, we provide countless opportunities for growth and self-improvement. Stay tuned to learn how a path in the field can turn into an upper management position.
For many people, job interviews are the most stressful part of an employment search, but they don’t have to be an intimidating experience. Candidates can turn a solid interview into a job offer by being prepared, presenting a professional demeanor, and describing their qualifications well. Tradespeople and office employees at Tecta America come ready for their interviews – something employers always appreciate. These are some tips from our employees:
1. Do your Research
Make sure you are able to speak both knowledgeably and confidently about the company and the position you applied for. Employers appreciate candidates who understand the job they are interviewing for; this shows you went beyond learning your responsibilities and want to learn about the company as a whole.
2. Be Ready to Talk About Yourself
You will need to talk about your background, but don’t just repeat your resume. Practice talking about your skills and experience, and bring your background to life. Employers want you to tell them about past projects, challenges and rewarding moments in your career. Make sure your answers are concise but detailed. Try the STAR method to practice responses to behavioral questions.
- Situation: Set the scene and give details of your example
- Task: Describe your responsibilities in the situation
- Action: Explain exactly the steps you took to address it
- Result: Share the outcomes of your actions achieved
3. Have Questions Ready
Interviews are a two-way process. When employers ask “Do you have any questions for me?” They want you to say something. Questions show that you are interested in the position you applied for, and how much you know about your field. Plus, a long pause during an interview can be awkward. Ask questions like: “How does my position align with the company’s current business objectives?” Or ask: “How many of your roofers go on to become foreman? How long does that journey take?”
4. Dress Professionally
This goes without saying, but always present the best version of yourself. If you do wear dress clothes, make sure they are ironed and cleaned thoroughly. A messy appearance could give the impression that you don’t care about the interview.
5. Arrive on Time
Punctuality matters to hiring managers. They have busy schedules too, so be considerate and show up on time so that you don’t take time away from them. This will also show employers how responsible you are. Do yourself a favor and show up 15 to 20 minutes early, so that you are relaxed and ready to interview.
Remember to be yourself. Employers want to know about your background, but they also want to understand your work ethic, goals, and values. So be prepared, not rehearsed, and you will have a smooth interview.
Ready to ace your next interview with Tecta America?
Roofing Takes Derrick to New Heights
Derrick Graves is a man on the rise at Tecta America. He started a little over a year ago as a serviceman and was recently promoted to shop manager at Anthony Roofing, a Tecta America company. His movement in the roofing industry did not happen overnight. He worked as a roofer for twelve years straight, though he never planned on working on roofs long-term. “At first, I stayed because of the money, but then I took part in an apprenticeship where I learned how to be a worker. I also liked the grind and taking on new challenges,” he said.
He eventually transitioned into a serviceman, and learned about the detailed aspects of his trade. “I started identifying problems in roofing systems, which is a big responsibility because that determines how a project will turnout,” he said. His new responsibilities prepared him for the role of shop manager. As the man in charge of Anthony Roofing’s warehouse, Derrick prepares equipment and building materials for roofing crews and foreman. “I answer to the operations manager, the superintendent, and all of the foreman,” he said. His job can be stressful, but not all the time. The best part of his day is at four in the morning when the warehouse is still empty. “I love the peace and quiet; it helps me plan for what will happen during the work day.”
Derrick credits his ascension in the roofing industry to the relationships he formed with coworkers and bosses. “Everyone (coworkers) is willing to show you something as long as you’re willing to put in the work and learn,” he said. The career path for a roofer is mixed and can take workers to different roles. Derrick does not want to rest on his laurels. He has mapped out a five-year plan that will lead to a project management role. “I like the business side of roofing. I enjoy looking at numbers and budgets,” he said.
While his career has changed, Derrick encourages people curious about roofing to go for the opportunity. “Everyone needs a roof. There will always be work in this industry,” he said.
Nenny Chavarria, a Safety Manager at Illinois Roofing, a Tecta America Company, started off as an assistant to a Service Technician. She had no prior experience as a roofer and learned skills on the job. Chavarria is no stranger to learning challenging jobs. She worked as a truck driver and in manufacturing– industries typically dominated by men. At Tecta America, she was paired with an experienced Service Technician who shared all of his knowledge with her. “I didn’t know a lot about roofing in the beginning, but Martin [the Service Technician] was patient with me,” she said.
As an assistant, she inspected rooftops and looked for leaks and signs of deterioration from the elements. “I learned to find problems on roof tops and in roof systems,” she said. Service technicians and their assistants diagnose rooftops and try to identify the root of problems in roofing systems. At the beginning, she had some trouble assimilating with her crew. “I’m the only woman out on the field in the company. I think it was a different experience for the crew and for me. They all got used to me and showed me what they knew about roofing. The crew [at Illinois Roofing] has really supported me,” said Chavarria.
Nenny became a safety manager after a year and a half at Tecta America. She travels to multiple job sites to perform safety inspections. She checks that equipment is connected properly to outlets. She ensures the crewmen are wearing the appropriate safety gear and assists with major parts of projects, like the removal of debris on rooftops. On a recent morning, Nenny strapped herself to a safety harness to direct a crane as it removed materials from the rooftop. She stood near the edge of the building and with a series of hand movements guided the direction of the crane.
She double checks her safety harness to make sure it’s connected properly and checks up on her teammates to see if they are wearing knee pads and appropriate work boots. Her eyes scope every inch of the work site.
“At the end of the day, I want to make sure all employees get back to their families,” she said. “There is no room for mistakes.”
Not all roofers are the same. They have different interests and want to develop in different ways. Roofers can go on to become operations managers without taking the traditional office route.
Field employees typically start off as Roofing Trainees. This role teaches the basics of the industry. Trainees learn how to build roofing systems, replace old ones, and perform preventative maintenance — the essential responsibilities of their trade. This period of learning is important for a future manager. Leaders on the roof are often called upon to develop solutions for any problems that slow down the production process.
Roofers can go on to become Crew Leads. Crew Leads provide direction during the removal and installation phases of a project, ensuring crew members use equipment correctly and work according to schedule. Crew Leads can transition into Foremen. Foremen make sure crews are working on schedule, safely, and according to product specification.
Superintendents oversee the daily activities of multiple roofing jobs. They are responsible for the management of the crews and may oversee many projects at the same time. Superintendents may also interact with customers and people at all levels of management to maintain scheduling, costs, and quality control during the course of a project. Superintendents may be promoted to Operations Managers.
Operations Managers work in conjunction with Operating Unit Presidents to oversee all aspects of a unit at Tecta America. Operations Managers oversee all the projects that the location is working on. They are responsible for scheduling all the staff and ensuring all the product and equipment are on site to ensure the job moves smoothly.
Roofers don’t have to go through the traditional office route to become Operations Managers. At Tecta America, we provide the stepping stones for professional growth. We want our employees to grow as the company grows.