Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers

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, fire-proofing, or acoustical material.

Median Annual Wage: $38,100

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (73%); Post-secondary certificate (20%); Less than high school diploma (7%)

Projected Growth: Faster than average (15% to 21%)

Related Job Titles: Drywall Finisher; Drywall Hanger; Drywall Mechanic; Ceiling Installer; Dry Wall Installer; Exterior Interior Specialist; Metal Framer; Metal Stud Framer; Sheetrock Hanger; Sheetrock Installer

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers.

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  • Read blueprints or other specifications to determine methods of installation, work procedures, or material or tool requirements.
  • Fit and fasten wallboard or drywall into position on wood or metal frameworks, using glue, nails, or screws.
  • Hang dry lines to wall moldings to guide positioning of main runners.
  • Measure and cut openings in panels or tiles for electrical outlets, windows, vents, plumbing, or other fixtures, using keyhole saws or other cutting tools.
  • Hang drywall panels on metal frameworks of walls and ceilings in offices, schools, or other large buildings, using lifts or hoists to adjust panel heights when necessary.
  • Assemble or install metal framing or decorative trim for windows, doorways, or vents.
  • Coordinate work with drywall finishers who cover the seams between drywall panels.
  • Trim rough edges from wallboard to maintain even joints, using knives.
  • Cut and screw together metal channels to make floor or ceiling frames, according to plans for the location of rooms or hallways.
  • Install horizontal and vertical metal or wooden studs to frames so that wallboard can be attached to interior walls.
  • Cut metal or wood framing and trim to size, using cutting tools.
  • Cut fixture or border tiles to size, using keyhole saws, and insert them into surrounding frameworks.
  • Inspect furrings, mechanical mountings, or masonry surfaces for plumbness and level, using spirit or water levels.
  • Scribe and cut edges of tile to fit walls where wall molding is not specified.
  • Fasten metal or rockboard lath to the structural framework of walls, ceilings, or partitions of buildings, using nails, screws, staples, or wire-ties.
  • Suspend angle iron grids or channel irons from ceilings, using wire.
  • Seal joints between ceiling tiles and walls.
  • Mount tile, using adhesives, or by nailing, screwing, stapling, or wire-tying lath directly to structural frameworks.
  • Install blanket insulation between studs and tack plastic moisture barriers over insulation.
  • Install metal lath where plaster applications will be exposed to weather or water, or for curved or irregular surfaces.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers.

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers.

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