What does a Drywall Finisher and Plasterer (453A) do?

Drywall Finishers and Plasterers apply finish, restore, and maintain plaster or similar materials on interior and exterior walls, ceilings, and building partitions to produce plain or decorative surfaces.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Learning about safety legislation and applying it on the job
  • Reading, interpreting, and applying blueprints and specifications for job layout
  • Organizing and verifying materials; identifying, establishing, and working from grid lines; constructing metal frames to hold drywall panels; lifting, carrying, and installing large drywall panels into metal framework; cutting openings for electrical outlets, ducts, pipes, and windows; joining panels together and completing taping to produce a smooth finish
  • Scraping away excess compound and sanding surfaces to give them a finished appearance, or applying textured surface on walls and ceilings
  • Applying thermal and sound insulation or sound attenuation blankets, installing vapour barriers, sealing vapour barriers, installing baffles, and arranging for inspection
  • Communicating effectively with customers, co-workers, and supervisors; establishing a work schedule with the other tradespeople to ensure smooth project completion

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 10 is the legal minimum, but high school diploma is usually required
  • Completion of 5,400-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training
  • Completion of exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Drywall Finisher and Plasterer (453A)?

  • Full-time, including overtime and weekends
  • Conditions may be indoors or outdoors in buildings being constructed or renovated
  • May work in teams alongside other trades
  • Employers include construction contractors, residential builders, or self-employment

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers earn an average of up to $25.00 per hour, plus overtime.

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