Having an Impact – Getting More People Interested in Careers in Roofing!

As our focus turns to our education and training pillar—one of our four core values—what better way to begin this month’s update than by celebrating a success story! In May, we shared a resume for David Davis, a construction management student at Clemson University. Dr. Dhaval Gajjar of Clemson shared, “I have a phenomenal student who took our roofing class, David Davis. He is currently working with me as a graduate student, but he would like to get an internship in the roofing industry. Potentially full-time in the future.” David’s most recent courses included roofing, project management and estimation in the construction industry, among other construction science and management courses. David is excited to pursue his apprenticeship in the roofing industry and was willing to relocate anywhere in the U.S. for the summer. He is scheduled to graduate in May 2021 and will be looking for a full-time employment opportunity in the roofing industry.

After seeing David’s information, Rob Kornahrens, owner, founder and CEO of Advanced Roofing Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., reached out and offered him a summer internship. After a successful summer internship with Advanced Roofing, David writes, “Hello Mr. Kornahrens, I wanted to reach out to convey my sincerest gratitude for the amazing internship opportunity with Advanced Roofing in Florida this summer. This was by far my best experience as a construction management student as I got to learn so much about the roofing industry.

I took the first-ever roofing course at Clemson University last semester and was able to apply the knowledge learned in the classroom to real-life roofing projects during this internship. The roofing course at Clemson initially piqued my interest about the roofing industry. However, this internship made it even more clear that I am interested in pursuing roofing as a career. I sincerely appreciate you giving me the opportunity to intern at your company despite the current pandemic. Thank you again for the amazing learning experience. I look forward to continue working in the roofing industry.”

Kornahrens shared, “David was a quick learner. He really enjoyed getting in the field and seeing how roofing works, not just from a book. We put him with one of our toughest clients, the school board of Broward County. He did well! We will be giving him an offer letter in December for a full-time position. We will take at least one intern every year. Thank you, Roofing Alliance!”

Internships—connecting construction management students with our members—is one of our Construction Management Schools Initiative goals. Internships offer students the opportunity for hands-on training and a firsthand look at a career in roofing. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook for the Class of 2020, 56% of interns become full-time hires.

Our staff has contacts with numerous colleges and universities with construction management programs, so if you are interested in exploring an intern program, let us know, and we will work to connect you with a school.