Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installer and Taper
Drywall and ceiling tile installers and tapers may do both install and taping wallboard. However, drywall and ceiling tile installers hang wallboard and install ceiling tile inside buildings, while a taper prepares the wallboard for painting. They typically work indoors with their work being physically demanding. He or she spends several hours bending, reaching, and standing, as well as lifting and maneuvering heavy, oversized wallboard.
How to become a Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installer and Taper
Drywall and ceiling tile installers and tapers do not require an educational background as most workers learn the trade on the job under more experienced workers. However, a knowledge of high school math and vocational technical courses are very helpful.
On-the-job training can last up to 12 months whereas an apprenticeship is typically 3-4 years. For every year of an apprenticeship program they must gain at least 144 hours of related technical work and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training.
During training the apprentice learns construction basics related to blueprint reading, building code requirements, mathematics, and first aide and safety practices.
Groups such as the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and contractor associations, sponsors apprenticeship programs requiring an aspirant to qualify by being 18 years of age or older, have a high school diploma or the equivalent, and have the physical ability to perform their work.
Upon completion of this apprenticeship program the student is considered to be a journey worker and may work on their own.
Job Description of a Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installer and Taper
The duties of a drywall and ceiling tile installer and taper typically include reading design plans in order to provide the minimal number of wallboard without causing unnecessary waste of materials. They must identify the exact locations of windows, electrical outlets, and plumbing and then cut the drywall or ceiling tile to fit the precise size.
He or she fastens tiles and panels with nails, screws, clips, or cement adhesive. The worker smooths any edges or rough spots, as well as any patches and trim. He or she covers joints between wallboards using sealing compound and tape and may use additional coats of sealing compound to creat even surfaces.
The drywall and ceiling tile installer and taper has the job of sanding all joints and holes to create a seamless and smooth surface.