Drywall & Ceiling Tile Installers


Drywall & Ceiling Tile Installers install drywall and ceiling tiles in residential and commercial buildings
Have a keen eye for detail? Are you handy with tools? Learn a craft that will allow you to put both to work!
Why Should You Consider This Career?

1. High Pay, 2. High Demand, 3. Low Competition

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Ceiling Installer, Dry Wall Installer, Drywall Finisher, Drywall Hanger, Drywall Installer, Drywall Mechanic, Drywaller, Exterior Interior Specialist, Metal Framer, Metal Stud Framer

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.

At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Ceiling Installer, Dry Wall Installer, Drywall Finisher, Drywall Hanger, Drywall Installer, Drywall Mechanic, Drywaller, Exterior Interior Specialist, Metal Framer, Metal Stud Framer
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Your Typical Day:

  • 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.
  • Measure and cut openings in panels or tiles for electrical outlets, windows, vents, plumbing, or other fixtures, using keyhole saws or other cutting tools.
  • Assemble or install metal framing or decorative trim for windows, doorways, or vents.
  • Cut metal or wood framing and trim to size, using cutting tools.
  • Inspect furrings, mechanical mountings, or masonry surfaces for plumbness and level, using spirit or water levels.
  • Cut fixture or border tiles to size, using keyhole saws, and insert them into surrounding frameworks.
  • Cut and screw together metal channels to make floor or ceiling frames, according to plans for the location of rooms or hallways.
  • 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.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials.
  • Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly.
  • Install building fixtures.
  • Cut openings in existing structures.
  • Install trim or paneling.
  • Install masonry materials.
  • Cut metal components for installation.
  • Cut tile, stone, or other masonry materials.
  • Cut wood components for installation.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Building and Construction

Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads. 87/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 63/100

  • Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 56/100

  • Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. 55/100

  • Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 52/100

  • Design

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. 49/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 49/100

  • Engineering and Technology

Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. 44/100

  • Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 43/100

  • Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. 38/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Putty knives
  • Trowels
  • Hand sprayers
  • Lifts
  • Saws
  • Power sanders
  • Hammers
  • Levels
  • Plaster or mortar mixers
  • Utility knives
  • T squares
  • Power screwguns
  • Tape guide
  • Staple guns
  • Ladders
  • Screwdrivers
  • Jacks
  • Scribers
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
  • Hatchets
  • Paint brushes
  • Safety harnesses or belts
  • Hole saws
  • Power routers
  • Miter saw
  • Power saws
  • Spatulas
  • Tinners snips
  • Glue guns
  • Pad or keyhole saw
  • Hacksaw
  • Air compressors
  • Tape measures
  • Respirators
  • Scaffolding
  • Notebook computers
  • Power drills
  • Chalk lines
  • Rasps
  • Laser printers
  • Caulking guns
  • Personal computers
  • Tablet computers
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