Drywall & Ceiling Tile Installers

Also called: Drywall Finisher, Drywall Hanger, Drywall Installer

Career Cluster: Architecture & Construction
What they do:
Apply plasterboard or other wallboard to ceilings or interior walls of buildings. Apply or mount acoustical tiles or blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing materials to ceilings and walls of buildings to reduce or reflect sound. Materials may be of decorative quality. Includes lathers who fasten wooden, metal, or rockboard lath to walls, ceilings, or partitions of buildings to provide support base for plaster, fireproofing, or acoustical material.
On the job, you would:
  • Read blueprints or other specifications to determine methods of installation, work procedures, or material or tool requirements.
  • Measure and mark surfaces to lay out work, according to blueprints or drawings, using tape measures, straightedges or squares, and marking devices.
  • Fit and fasten wallboard or drywall into position on wood or metal frameworks, using glue, nails, or screws.
KNOWLEDGE

Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
  • mechanical
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Business
  • management
SKILLS

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
ABILITIES

Physical Strength
  • use your lower back and stomach
  • lift, push, pull, or carry
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Endurance
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Self Control
TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Project management software
  • DevWave Estimate Works
  • Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal
Accounting software
  • Job costing software
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Wilhelm Publishing Threshold
EDUCATION


no high school diploma/GED or high school diploma/GED
usually needed
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JOB OUTLOOK

New job opportunities are likely in the future.

Salary:
High: $103,310.00
Median: $55,700.00
Low: $36,730.00
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