Plasterers & Stucco Masons


Plasterers and stucco masons apply plaster, stucco, and other materials to walls and ceilings to provide a smooth, level surface
Have a keen eye for detail, and a steady hand with tools? Learn to be a plasterer to become a critical part of the construction industry!
Why Should You Consider This Career?

Plasterers and stucco masons are responsible for applying plaster and stucco to walls and ceilings

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
Applicator, Artisan Plasterer, Plaster and Stucco Worker, Plaster Applicator, Plaster Mechanic, Plasterer, Plasterer Journeyman, Plastering Contractor

Apply interior or exterior plaster, cement, stucco, or similar materials. May also set ornamental plaster.

At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Applicator, Artisan Plasterer, Plaster and Stucco Worker, Plaster Applicator, Plaster Mechanic, Plasterer, Plasterer Journeyman, Plastering Contractor
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Your Typical Day:

  • Cover surfaces such as windows, doors, or sidewalks to protect from splashing.
  • Clean job sites.
  • Mix mortar and plaster to desired consistency or direct workers who perform mixing.
  • Apply coats of plaster or stucco to walls, ceilings, or partitions of buildings, using trowels, brushes, or spray guns.
  • Set up scaffolds.
  • Determine materials needed to complete the job and place orders accordingly.
  • Apply weatherproof, decorative coverings to exterior surfaces of buildings, such as by troweling or spraying on coats of stucco.
  • Clean and prepare surfaces for applications of plaster, cement, stucco, or similar materials, such as by drywall taping.
  • Create decorative textures in finish coat, using brushes or trowels, sand, pebbles, or stones.
  • Apply insulation to building exteriors by installing prefabricated insulation systems over existing walls or by covering the outer wall with insulation board, reinforcing mesh, and a base coat.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Protect structures or surfaces near work areas to avoid damage.
  • Clean equipment or facilities.
  • Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities.
  • Apply decorative or textured finishes or coverings.
  • Assemble temporary equipment or structures.
  • Estimate materials requirements for projects.
  • Order construction or extraction materials or equipment.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials.
  • Prepare surfaces for finishing.
  • Clean surfaces in preparation for work activities.
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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. 77/100

  • 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. 56/100

  • Design

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. 56/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 52/100

  • 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. 51/100

  • 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. 49/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 48/100

  • Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 46/100

  • 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

  • Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. 36/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Edgers
  • Trowels
  • Paint sprayers
  • Ladders
  • Putty knives
  • Floats
  • Hammers
  • Levels
  • Plaster or mortar mixers
  • Cleaning scrapers
  • Applicator brushes
  • Utility knives
  • Hydraulic pumps
  • Concrete spreaders
  • Power nail guns
  • Molding machines
  • Straight edges
  • Saws
  • T squares
  • Claw hammer
  • Pad or keyhole saw
  • Scaffolding
  • Notebook computers
  • Power drills
  • Chalk lines
  • Rulers
  • Plumb bobs
  • Heat guns
  • Personal computers
  • Power sanders
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